Peripheral Nervous System

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Course Outline for Peripheral Nervous System

Planning assessments and treatments for common nerve compressions and injuries Course Purpose This course is for any massage therapist or bodyworker wanted to expand their knowledge on the peripheral nervous…

200 – Introduction

Peripheral nervous system disorders include a great deal of conditions with a wide variety of symptoms and causes. Just a small area can be affected, or the entire body depending…

201 – General Overview

The peripheral nervous system is the part of the nervous system that is outside the brain and spinal cord. It consists of 12 pairs of cranial nerves and 31 pairs…

202 – Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

Thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS) is a compression syndrome involving the brachial plexus and sometimes the brachial artery. There are several types of TOS: the compression can be just the nerve…

203 – Radial Nerve Lesions

A lesion of the radial nerve results in paralysis of the muscles the radial nerve supplies. With injuries proximal to the elbow, there will be sensory and motor changes. If…

204 – Ulnar Nerve Lesions

Ulnar nerve lesions at the elbow are the second most common lesions after carpal tunnel syndrome. Compression usually occurs at the elbow in the cubital tunnel, or at the wrist…

205 – Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a disorder of the median nerve within the carpal tunnel, caused by compression, stretching, or irritation. The carpal tunnel is made of the carpal bones…

206 – Meralgia Paresthetica

Meralgia paresthetica is a compression of the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve (LFCN) which supplies sensation to the anterior-lateral thigh. It is a relatively common condition that is frequently misdiagnosed. It…

207 – Sciatica

The term “sciatica” does not have one standard definition, but usually refers to low back pain as a result of a nerve root compression. Nine out of ten cases is…

208 – Piriformis Syndrome

Compression of the sciatic nerve by the piriformis muscle is known as piriformis syndrome; but it is also known as “pseudo-sciatica.” It is very important to distinguish between piriformis syndrome…

209 – Bell’s Palsy

Bell’s palsy is the inflammation of the facial nerve causing paralysis and an asymmetric face. It is most often unilateral, and causes one side of the face to sag, a…

210 – Trigeminal Neuralgia

Trigeminal neuralgia is an uncommon condition that causes intense pain in the nerve’s distribution. It occurs most often in women ages 50-70, and is 90% unilateral (Goodman et al. 2003).…