Therapeutic treatment techniques for symptoms
of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
Thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS) is caused by a lack of space for the subclavian
artery and the brachial plexus as they pass through the clavicle and upper ribs.
A tight ligament, an extra cervical rib, shoulder injury, or overuse can all
lead to TOS. A cluster of symptoms including neck and shoulder pain with
numbness or tingling of the fingers and reduced grip strength are present with
TOS. Typical diagnosis of TOS is rare and most common after surgical removal of
the first cervical rib. While a diagnosis of TOS is uncommon, patients often
present with symptoms not unlike TOS, pain that moves and changes or presents
little improvement after surgery. Patients with a diagnosis of carpal tunnel
syndrome, cubital tunnel, arm pain, etc., that do not improve with typical
protocols can be frustrating for both the patient and the clinician.
This one-day seminar will explore conservative approaches to treat symptoms of
thoracic outlet syndrome for strengthening the shoulder muscles, improving range
of motion, and promoting better posture to help patients with arm and hand pain.
Attendees will discover how to differentiate TOS from other more common
orthopedic conditions, determine the most effective treatment options, and
outline a home exercise program that will allow the patient to return to a
healthy state. This unique look at the symptoms of TOS and treatment can not
only change patient outcomes but also help build rapport between therapists and
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
• Apply treatment approaches for thoracic outlet
syndrome for patients with symptoms similar to TOS
• Identify the causes of TOS and ascertain which symptoms resemble TOS including
shooting pain in the arms and traps, headaches, and decreases in arm range of
motion and strength
• Recognize the challenges when faced with a diagnosis of TOS and eliminate
confusion with conditions sharing similar symptoms
• Examine treatment modalities for TOS symptoms for pain management, increased
AROM, and improved strength, and outline how to prevent the return of symptoms
• Develop techniques for both in-clinic and at-home therapeutic treatment of TOS
What You Should Bring
Participants are asked to bring the following for the workshop portion of this
- Portable Massage Table
- Wear appropriate attire to participate in lab
ABOUT THE PRESENTER
JACALYN GRIFFIN, OTR/L, is a licensed
Occupational Therapist and member of the American Occupational Therapy
Association (AOTA). Ms. Griffin has 15 years of experience in occupational
therapy working in a variety of settings including sub-acute, out-patient,
inpatient, and VA hospitals. She is currently an occupational therapist and
supervisor at Great Plains Regional Medical Center in Elk City, Oklahoma.
Ms. Griffin earned her bachelor's degree in Occupational Therapy from the
College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, Minnesota. She is a certified Lymphedema
Therapist and Physical Agent Modality Certified. Ms. Griffin is passionate about
treating TOS and patients with arm pain.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
• Occupational Therapists
• Occupational Therapy Assistants
• Physical Therapists
• Physical Therapist Assistants
• Athletic Trainers
Cross Country Education is an AOTA Approved
Provider of continuing education. This course is offered for .6 AOTA CEUs. The
assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content,
products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. AOTA Educational level Introductory,
Category 1: Domain of OT, 2: Occupational Therapy Process).
This program has been submitted to the Illinois Physical Therapy Association for
approval of 6 credit hours.
This program has been submitted to the Kansas Physical Therapy Association for 6
Cross Country Education is recognized by the Board of Certification, Inc. to
offer continuing education for Certified Athletic Trainers. This program has
been approved for a maximum of 6 hours of Category A continuing education.
Certified Athletic Trainers are responsible for claiming only those hours
actually spent participating in the continuing education activity. BOC Approved
Provider Number: P3097. Number of hours actually participated: 6.
This educational offering qualifies for 6 continuing education hours as required
by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional
organizations. Save your course outline and certificate of completion, and
contact your own board or organization for specific filing requirements.
This seminar qualifies for 6 continuing education hours as required by many
national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save
your course outline and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or
organization for specific filing requirements.
SEMINAR CLASS TIME:
Seminar Check-in: 7:30 AM Seminar Class 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM