On-Demand Webinar – New Strategies for the Treatment of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS)

TOS-smOn-Demand Webinar: This course will discuss unique approaches for identifying all symptoms of TOS. Specific ways to identify double crush entrapments will be demonstrated in a video using the “Scratch and Collapse Test” as described by Drs. Mackinnon and Hagerts. Evaluation and treatment of Postural Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, a new category of TOS, will be discussed and compared to Arterial/Venous TOS. The sequence in designing and treating TOS will discussed as well as time frames for treatment. The importance of patient education and actual home exercises will be reviewed. Information learned in this webinar can immediately be used in the clinic

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Program subject to change. Post test at end of course will assess your new knowledge. At the end of the course each participant will be given a course evaluation and a self reflective questionnaire.

This course content is not intended for use by any participants outside the scope of their license or regulation.

Course Objectives:

After completing this module, participants will be able to:

  • Identify 3 of the 5 specific tests for clinical symptoms of TOS
  • Identify 1 indication for the use of each of 3 specific TOS tests
  • Recognize the proper sequence for testing and treating all upper quadrant entrapments
  • Recognize the steps for differential diagnosing TOS using the Scratch and Collapse test and Tinels
  • Identify 3 clinical strategies for HEP

CE Credits

2 contact hours
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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 accuracy of this list and acceptance of contact hours. Certificate of Attendance will be issued to all participants upon completion of the course and post-test 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 2 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)

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    Hand Therapy Certification Commission (HTCC): This course is accepted by HTCC towards re-certification.

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20 Min Identifying Entrapment Sites for TOS
15 Min Differential Diagnosis of Posture TOS vs Arterial/Venus TOS
25 Min Developing Exercise Strategies
20 Min Patient Education
15 Min Prioritizing of Treatment Options
20 Min Review of Home Exercise Programs
5 Min Q&A, Post-course assessment


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 graduated from    University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) and earned a Master’s Degree and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from there. She has a strong clinical background in treating neurogenic and musculoskeletal consequences of injury. Susan has presented nationally and internationally.  

In March 2013 Dr. Stralka lectured in New Delhi, India at the International Federation Society of Hand Therapist (IFSHT) and in September 2013 was the keynote speaker at the Brazilian Society of Hand Therapist in Goiania, Brazil.   In  2013 and  again in 2014, she spent time in Sweden evaluating and treating  post op nerve injuries working a long side of Dr. Birgitta Rosen and  many hand surgeons at the Department of Hand Surgery , Malmo Sweden. Dr. Stralka recently spoke at the 38th annual ASHT meeting held in Denver October 2015. and in October 2016 in Buenos Aires, Argentina at the International Federation Society  for  Hand Therapist and Hand surgeons.  (IFSHT and IFSHS). Susan has written numerous articles and chapters on a wide variety of topics in the upper extremity and pain management.

Dr. Stralka has received numerous honors  throughout her career and recently  in 2012  was the recipient of the  Dorothy B. Kaufmann Lectureship given by Philadelphia Hand Rehabilitation Foundation.

Classes taught by Susan W. Stralka: