Neurodynamics of the Upper Extremity Evaluation and Treatment Strategies: It’s Not Just About The Hand

Neurodynamics of the Upper Extremity Evaluation and Treatment Strategies: It’s Not Just About The Hand

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This interactive course is in movie format. Have you always wondered while you are treating carpal tunnel patient if they really have neck problems? Does your bilateral ulnar nerve patient really have TOS? Find out answers to this and more now.

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In this exciting 5 contact hour interactive course the clinician will learn ways to evaluate proximal problems that may result in distal symptoms. These evaluation strategies will help determine if the symptoms are distal or if there is a complex of upper quadrant problems such as: neck, shoulder, postural or scapular dysfunction. This course will describe the neural continuum as well as special tests to determine what nerve structure is involved. Emphasis will be placed on understanding and performing upper extremity neurodynamic testing. The student will also be exposed to incorporating both clinical and home treatment strategies.

Note: This course provides conceptual preparation to seek additional training, and does not provide you a mentored hands-on skills session. Please seek additional experience, with a mentor, to perform hands-on skills. Mixed level learning course – Instructional Methods include PowerPoint presentation, lecture, and video to enhance understanding. Upon successful completion of the examination (80%) your certificate will be sent via email


  • To provide basic information on the mechanics and physiology of the nervous system which is essential for movement
    of the upper extremity
  • To provide a basic understanding of neuroanatomy and neurodynamics as they relate to neuro gliding in the upper extremity
  • To describe the neural continuum and ways to test the continuum in the upper extremity
  • To differentiate between neural and new neural tissues
  • To view the performance of techniques by utilizing “sliders” or “tensioners” so that movement is created
  • To identify anatomical and palpable areas in the upper extremity so the course of the nerve may be determined
  • To identify the characteristics of pain mechanism-
    • Nociceptive Pain
    • Peripheral Neurogenic
    • Central Sensitizations
  • To identify the relationship of neuromusculoskeletal dysfunction in the upper extremity
  • Review how to carry out both subjective and physical neurodynamic test in the upper extremity
    • Describe pain syndrome
    • Review the relationship between pain and myofascial trigger points
    • Identify points of neuro movement limitations
  • Review the relationship of neurovascular and musculoskeletal dysfunction so a treatment strategy can be developed
  • Review how to evaluate the subjective examinations and physical examination to determine an appropriate treatment program for home use


Susan W. Stralka, PT, DPT, MS, is a licensed physical therapist with many years of experience treating both musculoskeletal and neurovascular consequences of injury. She is a guest lecturer at The University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center in Memphis, Tennessee (UTHSC) and earned an Master’s Degree and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from there. She has a strong clinical background in treating neurological and musculoskeletal consequences of injury. Susan has presented nationally and internationally in upper and lower extremity dysfunctions as well as pain management. Susan has written articles on a wide variety of topics related to physical therapy for many national publications and health journals. Her most recent publications are “Graded Motor Imagery” in the Journal of Hand Therapy 2011 and a chapter on “Thoracic Outlet Syndrome” in the book entitled Neck and Arm Pain Syndromes by Elsevier in 2011. Ms. Stralka is very active in the community with the Germantown Chamber of Commerce, Germantown Rotary Club and Girls Inc. as well as with many other civic organizations. She has held numerous state and national offices with the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and the Arthritis Association. In 2009, Susan was recognized by the Arthritis Association as Volunteer of the Year. With the goal of providing the best rehabilitative care to patients, Stralka continually recruits and supports innovative clinical programs to benefit future patients. Contact Susan at

7 reviews for Neurodynamics of the Upper Extremity Evaluation and Treatment Strategies: It’s Not Just About The Hand

  1. Anonymous

    Very good course

  2. Julie Belden OTR/L/CHT

    I really enjoyed the conference. It laid out the anatomy very clearly, and gave me some great ideas for nerve glides and slides that are easy for my patients to reproduce in a home program.

  3. Connie Dollens

    this was good

  4. Linda Stanton

    This course was very thorough, but very dry. The presenter was excellent and well informed. I learned a lot, but think I will choose courses that are broken into shorter segments in the future.

  5. Anonymous

    Ms. Stralka is extremely knowledgeable on this topic! However, at times she was a little hard to understand, as she contradicted herself on several occasions. I learned quite a bit and look forward to reviewing the material several times to really allow it to resonate. It was a tough topic and quite a bit of helpful info was relayed.

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