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Anatomy and Physical Exam of the Adult Brachial Plexus

Anatomy and Physical Exam of the Adult Brachial Plexus

Injuries to the brachial plexus can have devastating consequences for patients. Early recognition of this injury, along with the recent advances that have been made in its treatment, can greatly improve outcomes for patients with injuries to the brachial plexus. General practitioners, orthopaedists/surgeons and other allied health professionals who may manage patients with such an injury will benefit from an increased understanding of brachial plexus anatomy, injury patterns and potential treatments. Through the use of video presentations of a cadaveric dissection and physical exam, this activity will teach participants how to diagnose through the physical exam and better understand the need for additional work up and treatment.

At the conclusion of this course, the participant should be able to:

  • Discuss the anatomy of the plexus, as well as injury patterns and gravity of injuries
  • Diagnose through the physical exam
  • Apply timely diagnosis and appropriate patient evaluation in order to identify what additional testing is indicated
  • Apply timely diagnosis and intervention, such as referrals, in order to identify how or when to refer or treat


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