Brachial Plexus and Upper Extremity Peripheral Nerve Injuries

This comprehensive course is designed to enhance understanding of the impact of brachial plexus and upper extremity peripheral nerve injuries. Through lecture and hands-on lab sessions, participants will solidify their knowledge of anatomy of the brachial plexus, upper extremity peripheral nerves and the muscles that they innervate, and the biological and physiological consequences of nerve trauma and neuropathies.

Participants will learn to sequentially assess nerve dysfunctions in various regions of the upper extremity, understand the principles of nerve, free muscle, and tendon transfers, and systematically design treatment and orthotic intervention for UE nerve injuries. Additional hands-on lab sessions focus on testing and evaluating specific entrapment neuropathies and nerve gliding exercises.

Post test at end of course will assess your new knowledge. This course content is not intended for use by any participants outside the scope of their license or regulation.

 Course Objectives:

Upon completion the participants will be able to: 

  • draw and understand the anatomy of the brachial plexus and UE peripheral nerves
  • identify the muscles supplied by the Median, Ulnar and Radial Nerves
  • identify and understand the differential diagnoses of UE entrapment/compressive neuropathies 
  • develop therapeutic interventions based on nerve physiology, and recovery process
  • identify the principles of tendon, nerve and free muscle transfers and the therapeutic management following such procedures.

CE Credits

14 hours

BOC Skill Level: Essential

This course is accepted by many professional credentialing organizations and state professional regulatory boards. Rules and regulations change frequently without notification, and apply differently to live and online courses. Please check with your state board to confirm the accuracy of this list and acceptance of contact hours. Certificate of Attendance will be issued to all participants upon completion of the course and may be used for CEU verification of credits. CE credits vary by state. Please check with your state board/certifying agency to confirm conversion of contact hours to CE. See links below.


Physical Therapy Board of California: The Physical Therapy Board of California recognizes Rehab Education, LLC as an approval agency to approve providers offering continuing competency courses for CA licensed PTs and PTAs. This course is approved for 14 contact hours.

Illinois State Board of Physical Therapy: Approved CE Sponsor by Illinois State Board of Physical Therapy, Division of Professional Regulations, Approval #216.000227. (Course must be taken prior to 09-30-2020)

NY State Physical Therapy Board: Rehab Education, LLC is recognized as an approved provider of PT and PTA continuing education by the NY State Education Department Board of Physical Therapy. (Course must be taken prior to 05-10-2022)

Board of Certification, Inc (BOC) Approved Provider #P8271: Rehab Education, LLC is approved by the Board of Certification, Inc. to provide continuing education to Certified Athletic Trainers. This program is eligible for a maximum of 14 Category A hours/CEUs. ATs should claim only those hours actually spent in the educational program.

American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Approved Provider #6177:

  • AOTA Approval States

    These states currently recognize AOTA Approved Providers for OT continuing education either in regulatory language or by formal written communication to AOTA:

    District of Columbia
    New Hampshire
    New York
    North Carolina
    North Dakota
    Rhode Island
    South Carolina

    *Disclaimer: Rehab Education LLC provides this list for your convenience. At the time of listing, the following state boards accept courses by virtue of approval by other organizations. It is the responsibility of the participant registering for a course to check with their state board to confirm rules and regulations regarding acceptance of contact hours for live and online courses.

    The following PT Boards accept courses approved by other state PT boards or APTA state associations*:

    North Carolina

    The following PT Boards accept courses approved by other APTA state associations*:

    Rhode Island

    The following PT Boards accept courses provided by AOTA approved providers*:

    District of Columbia
    Rhode Island

    *NBCOT…National Board for Certification of Occupational Therapy (view PDU requirements)

    +HTCC… Hand Therapy Certification Commission  (view recertification requirements)
    Hand Therapy Certification Commission (HTCC): This course is accepted by HTCC towards re-certification.

    State PT Boards
    State OT Boards


Day 1

7:30 : 8:00 Registration
8:00 – 8:30 Brachial Plexus Anatomy (lecture and drawing)
8:30 – 10:00 Brachial Plexus Injury and Management
10:00 – 10:15 Break
10:15 – 12:00 Peripheral Nerve Anatomy, Injury, and Classification
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch
1:00 – 1:30 Nerve Healing
1:30 – 3:00 Median, Ulnar and Radial Nerves and muscle innervation (lecture and drawing)
3:00 – 3:15 Break
3:15 – 5:00 Management of Nerve Injuries

Day 2

8:00 – 10:00 Compressive/ Entrapment Neuropathies with hands-on-lab on differential diagnosis
10:00 – 10:15 Break
10:15 – 12:00 Tendon Transfers
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch
1:00 – 3:00 Nerve and Free Muscle Transfers
3:00 – 3:15 Break
3:15 – 4:00 Role of EMG Biofeedback in Muscle re-education
Q&A, Wrap-up
Post Course Assessment


Shrikant J. Chinchalkar OTR, CHT

Shrikant-J-Chinchalkaris a hand therapist with over 40 years of clinical experience in treating upper extremity conditions and over 30 years of teaching experience. He designed and developed Hand Therapy programs at four major teaching centers in Canada. He conducted many instructional courses on upper extremity rehabilitation in over 20 countries in the world and has won many awards for his presentations. He has over 250 presentations to his credit.

He was awarded the “Dr. Paul Brand Award of Excellence” by the American Society of Hand Therapists (ASHT), “Award of Leadership” by the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT), “Award of Excellence” by the Sisters of St. Joseph’s Hospital, “Best Educator” by the  Western University and the “Lifetime Membership Award” by the Canadian Society of Hand Therapists. He authored five book chapters and has published 27 papers and 15 abstracts in numerous peer-reviewed journals related to Upper Extremity Surgery and Therapy.

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