Upper Extremity Nerve Entrapment Syndromes

presented by Bob McAtee

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This course extensively reviews the major nerve pathways of the upper extremity, discusses common UE entrapment/compression syndromes, details common nerve entrapment sites, reviews basic neural assessment tests, and provides palpatory practice to locate the nerve pathways on self and each other. Participants will also learn and practice effective soft-tissue interventions to help alleviate these conditions.

Meet Your Instructor

  • Bob McAtee, LMT, CSCS, C-PT

    Bob McAtee, LMT, CSCS, C-PT

    Bob McAtee has been a massage therapist since 1981, specializing in sports massage and soft tissue therapy. Since 1988, Bob has maintained an active, international private practice in Colorado Springs, CO. His clientele includes Olympic and professional athletes, dancers, performers, and recreational athletes. Bob is an NCBTMB approved provider and regularly presents workshops throughout the U.S. and internationally on facilitated stretching, sports massage, and soft-tissue injury care. His seminars consistently receive 5-star reviews for their depth of information, hands-on learning, and for Bob’s relaxed teaching style. Bob is Nationally Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and a certified personal trainer. He is the author of Facilitated Stretching, a how-to book about PNF stretching, used by health and fitness professionals worldwide. Since its release in 1994, the book has sold over 100,000 copies and been translated into Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Korean, Chinese, and Japanese. Bob invented the patented Hand-L Massage Tool, used by manual therapists worldwide to save their thumbs.

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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  1. Types of Nerve Injury

    1. Types of Nerve Injury

    The first chapter of this course introduces the participant to the causes of common upper quarter nerve injuries, including stretch, tear, crush (and double-crush). Bob McAtee will also detail the five common entrapment sites above the elbow, as well as sites in the hand and wrist.

  2. Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

    2. Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

    In the second chapter of this course, Bob McAtee will introduce the three types of thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS), and discuss key anatomy involved and key assessment strategies for TOS. He will also demonstrate treatment strategies designed to help clients reach long-term goals, including facilitating stretching of the scalenes, palpation, pin and stretch, and stretching of the pectoralis minor.

  3. Common Median Nerve Injuries

    3. Common Median Nerve Injuries

    The median nerve in particular can be especially problematic with regards to compression injuries. In this chapter, Bob McAtee details common entrapment locations of the median nerve, and demonstrates specific assessments for median nerve entrapment, as well as nerve glides and manual therapy treatments and stretches.

  4. Common Ulnar Nerve Injuries

    4. Common Ulnar Nerve Injuries

    In this chapter, Bob McAtee introduces common ulnar nerve compression injuries, including common entrapment locations, and assessment and treatment approaches.

  5. Common Radial Nerve Injuries

    5. Common Radial Nerve Injuries

    This chapter will introduce the participant to common radial nerve compression injuries. Bob McAtee discusses common radial nerve entrapment sites, as well as nerve glides, assessment techniques, and manual therapy techniques that are relevant to the radial nerve.

  6. Prevention and Self Care

    6. Prevention and Self Care

    In the final chapter of this course, Bob McAtee closes the discussion of Upper Extremity Nerve Entrapment Syndromes by providing strategies for helping clients avoid entrapment problems in the future.