The Thoracic Outlet: Shoulder Assessments and the Coraco-Pectoral Loop
Nonspecific pain syndromes of the upper limb present a challenge to the clinician entrusted with the care of these difficult cases. Success depends on a comprehensive understanding of the anatomy of this region. Further, the clinician must be able to apply anatomic knowledge to clinical presentation to derive effective treatment. In part two of this course the anatomy of scapular control and it’s relationship to the coraco-pectoral loop is explored. Assessment techniques specific to this region are reviewed and treatment strategies are presented. Relationships to scapulothoracic movement and posture are also presented. Mobilization techniques are blended with corrective exercise and relevant ergonomic education to present a comprehensive approach to treatment.
Level of Instruction: Intermediate
- Identify the relevant anatomic structures of the scapulothoracic joint and the coraco-pectoral loop and articulate their relationship to TOS symptom presentation.
- Identify and apply at least three clinical assessment techniques applicable to shoulder instability/TOS/scapulothoracic issues.
- Identify and implement at least one mobilization and one exercise technique appropriate to management of TOS through the Coraco-pectoral region or scapulothoracic region
- Identify and implement two postural/ergonomic techniques to control TOS symptoms during return to work or activities of daily living.
- Review of shoulder/periscapular anatomy relevant to TOS
- Evidence Review
- Assessment of symptom presentation with videos
- Treatment intervention
- Q/A and review of demonstrated techniques
- Paul J. Bonzani, OTR/L, CHT, M.H.S.
Paul currently maintains a very busy clinical practice in Asheville, NC. Throughout his career he has had the fortunate opportunity to work with some of the finest hand surgeons and therapists in the country having held management positions at both The University of Vermont—Fletcher Allen Medical Center and Duke University Medical Center. Additionally he has been an adjunct instructor in both the Duke University Physical Therapy Program and the Program in Occupational Science at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Mr. Bonzani brings 21 years of clinical experience in orthopedic and industrial rehabilitation. Paul has presented nationally in the areas of biomechanics and rehabilitation of the shoulder, nerve compression syndromes, RSI/CTD management and pain syndromes. He has published on the subjects of CTD/RSI management, thumb reconstruction and management of the rheumatoid elbow. Clinical specialties include rehabilitation of the elbow and hand, chronic pain syndromes, TOS, nerve compression syndromes and neural tension disorders of the upper limb. Current research interests include functional outcome measures following fractures and upper quadrant sensate deficits. Paul is a clinician, researcher and educator and considered to be one of the leading therapists in the care of shoulder, elbow and hand injuries in North America.
Contact Hours: 1.5