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Peripheral Neuropathies Part 1: Diagnostics, Examination, and Treatment

presented by Aimee E. Perron, PT, DPT, NCS, CEEAA

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Financial: Aimee E. Perron receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.

Non-Financial: Aimee E. Perron has no competing non-financial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

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Peripheral and cranial nerve injuries continue to increase in incidence and prevalence and are becoming a very common presenting diagnosis for Physical Therapists. Neuropathies can be related to disease, trauma, environmental factors, medications, and sometimes nutritional deficiencies. This course will present an overview of peripheral and cranial nerve injuries including etiology, anatomy, underlying pathologies, and differential diagnosis. Description of evidence-based assessments as well as treatment approaches that can be incorporated into clinical practice will be reviewed. This course is part one of a two-course series.

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Aimee E. Perron, PT, DPT, NCS, CEEAA

Aimee E. Perron is currently an assistant professor and associate director of clinical education at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. She earned her MS in physical therapy from Boston University and her DPT from Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions. She has more than 27 years of experience as a physical therapist and clinical…

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1. Peripheral and Cranial Nerve: Anatomy, Pathophysiology and Diagnostics

This chapter will review anatomy, common underlying pathologies, and causative factors of common peripheral and cranial nerve injuries. It will cover classification of nerve injuries and recovery. The importance of the role of diagnostics in the care of the client including Electroneurodiagnostics and Laboratory Diagnostic Testing will be discussed.

2. Patient Presentation: Evaluating the Patient with Signs and Symptoms Related to Peripheral Neuropathies

This chapter will review the importance of obtaining a pertinent history and performing a systematic physical therapy examination in aiding to identify signs and symptoms of peripheral and cranial nerve injuries. The effects of peripheral neuropathy on posture and balance will also be covered.

3. Interventions and Management of Symptoms Related to Neuropathies

This chapter will identify and describe the rationale and application of commonly used therapy approaches to manage peripheral neuropathies including patient/client instruction, adaptive equipment, functional retraining and manual techniques. Current evidence supporting the use of physical agents with emphasis on electrical stimulation, ultrasound, and low level laser therapy in the treatment of patients with peripheral neuropathies will be discussed.

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