A Neuromuscular Symposium
During this symposium, you will learn about contemporary practices for the examination, evaluation, diagnosis, and intervention of neuromuscular disorders from a distinguished interdisciplinary team of professionals. The symposium will feature a traditional lecture format augmented by a session in the Anatomy lab of the Rangos School of Health Sciences where participants will examine an upper extremity and shoulder girdle cadaveric pro-section.
John G. Rangos Sr., School of Health Sciences
Saturday, November 18, 2017
7:50 a.m. - 4:50 p.m.
7 General Hours Granted (CEUs)
Pennsylvania State Board of Physical Therapy
Pennsylvania State Board of Occupational Therapy
West Virginia State Board of Physical Therapy
West Virginia State Board of Occupational Therapy
7:50 - 8:20
- Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:20 - 8:30
- Welcoming remarks
Ray Jurewicz, PT, ECS
8:30 - 9:30
- Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
James L Cosgrove, MD
9:30 - 9:40
9:40 - 10:40
- Upper Extremity Replantation
Alexander M. Spiess, MD
10:40 - 10:50
10:50 - 11:35
- Tai Chi and Qigong workshop
11:35 - 12:20
- Limits of EMG/NCV and why clinical expertise is critical. A diagnostic case presentation
Mark E. Shelton, PT, ECS
12:20 - 1:00
- Lunch (on own)
1:00 - 2:00
- Left upper extremity weakness following cardiac catherization. A diagnostic dilemma case study presentation
John G. Eddy, PT, ECS
2:00 - 2:10
2:10 - 2:40
- Evaluation of the sciatic nerve: indications and technique
Robert D. Baker, PT, DSc, ECS
2:40 - 3:10
- Acquired Inflammatory Demyelinating Neuropathies
Raymond G. Jurewicz, PT, ECS
3:10 - 3:20
3:20 - 4:50
- Thoracic Outlet, Shoulder Girdle, Brachial Plexus & Upper Extremity Peripheral Nerve Anatomy (Lecture/Lab)
P.J. Savie, MS, PT, ECS
Upon completion of this course, participants will:
- Identify and differentiate various types of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome via nerve conduction studies, electromyography and other clinical methods of diagnosis
- Grasp standard and novel Thoracic Outlet treatment protocols
- Understand the comprehensive logistics and surgical methods required for sucessful upper extremity replantation
- Review the functional outcome following upper extremity replantation
- Comprehend the scientific research regarding the utility of tai chi and qigong in the rehabilitation of patients with neuromuscular disorders
- Participate in a qigong workshop
- Understand how to differentiate lower vs. upper motor neuron pathology during the clinical exam
- Appreciate the utility of lab data and imaging studies in differential diagnosis algorithm
- Grasp the diagnositic concepts for differential diagnosis of pathology at the level of the brain, spinal cord, nerve root and brachial plexus
- Establish subjective/objective and clinical criteria to select the candidates that are appropriate for this electrophysiologic evaluation of the sciatic nerve
- Review technical limitations and pitfalls performing nerve conduction studies of the sciatic nerve
- Compare the clinical and electrophysiological manifestations of the various classifications of Acquired Inflammatory Demylenating Neuropathy
- Be famiilar with the anatomy and related structures of the upper extremity nerves in depth
- Identify the clinical features of Paramyotonia and Myotonia Congenita.
- Differentiate between Paramyotonia and Myotonia Congenita through electromyographic testing.
- Compare methods of evaluating ulnar nerve dysfunction.
James L. Cosgrove, M.D is board certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation with added qualifications in Pain Medicine, the American Association of Electrodiagnostic Medicine and the American Board of Independent Medical Examiners. Has served on numerous professional societies and committees and is a Past- President of the Pennsylvania Academy of PM&R. He is currently employed by TriRivers Musculoskeletal Centers/UPMC .
Alexander M. Spiess, M.D. is Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery and Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He is the Director of the Department of Plastic Surgery Hand Surgery Fellowship, and the Co-Director of the UPMC Center for Nerve Disorder. He treats all problems related to the hand, wrist, and elbow, including fractures, ligament, tendon, and nerve injuries.
Don Drolet is the owner of Standing Crane Tai Chi, Qigong and Meditation, LLC in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is board certified to teach in numerous Tai Chi forms through the Tai Chi for Health Institute founded by Dr. Paul Lam, A Tai Chi master and retired Western Medical Doctor. Don is also certified as a professional Qigong instructor through the Tai Chi and Qigong Healing Institute.
John G Eddy PT, ECS is a private practice physical therapy clinical specialist in electrophysiologic testing with forty years of experience. He is a former chair of the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties, and is a former adjunct instructor at the University Of Pittsburgh, Department of Physical Therapy.
P.J. Savie, MS, PT, ECS is a private practice physical therapy clinical specialist in electrophysiologic testing. He has served as an adjunct instructor in anatomy for the John G Rangos Sr. School of Health Sciences at Duquesne University since 1991. He is a former teaching assistant for the Anatomy and Cell Biology Department at the University of Pittsburgh.
Mark E. Shelton, PT,ECS is a private practice physical therapy clinical specialist in electrophysiologic testing with thirty-five years of testing experience. His practice is focused on evaluating neuropathic cases in a neurology group practice setting. He is a former adjunct instructor at the University of Pittsburgh school of Physical Therapy and Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia .
Robert D Baker, PT, DSc, ECS is a private practice physical therapy clinical specialist in electrophysiologic testing with thirty-seven years of experience. He is currently appointed as a clinical electrophysiological item writer for the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties.
Raymond G Jurewicz, PT, ECS is a private practice physical therapy clinical specialist in electrophysiologic testing with thirty-six years of testing experience. He is a former adjunct instructor at the University of Pittsburgh school of Physical Therapy. He is currently appointed as a clinical electrophysiological item writer for the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties.
Fees, registration, contact:
Fees: $125 - If you are an Alum of Duquesne; OR have served as a Clinical Instructor or Coordinator of Clinical Education for our Physical Therapy students
Registration Deadline: November 3, 2017
No refunds after November 3, 2017
Contact & Registration:
Make checks payable to 'Duquesne University' and mail to:
Department of Physical Therapy
600 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15282
Campus Map - Symposium is on the 1st floor of the Rangos School of Health Sciences; Park in Forbes Avenue Garage.