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Orthopedics 201: Upper Extremity Entrapment Syndromes

Online $40.00 2 John Riggs III, MBA, DC, FACO

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Topic: Orthopedics 201: Upper Extremity Entrapment Syndromes

Credit Hours: 2

Instructor: John H. Riggs III, D.C., F.A.C.O.

Course Description:  Modern society places repetitive stresses on the joints and soft tissues of the human body due to work and sports activities.  Health habits, various diseases and variations in human anatomy can result in entrapment of peripheral nerves. This course covers the anatomy and physiology of common upper extremity entrapment syndromes. The class will emphasize identifying and conservatively managing the various entrapment syndromes, sometimes referred to as tunnel syndromes.  This presentation will also provide patient education strategies for the prevention and home management of entrapments.  

Course Outline: 

  • Detailed description of upper extremity anatomy and nerve entrapment physiology.
  • Causes of nerve entrapment syndromes.
  • Diagnosis and differential diagnosis for nerve entrapment syndromes. 
  • Chiropractic management and co-management of entrapment syndromes.
  • Patient education strategies for prevention, rehabilitation & and home care. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Develop a better understanding of anatomy & physiology of upper extremity nerve entrapments and their clinical implications.
  • Enhance clinical knowledge to properly diagnose and treat/co-treat entrapment syndromes.
  • Learn ways to educate patients in prevention strategies, home care methods, and activity modification.
  • Acquire new skills in managing entrapment syndromes including nutrition where indicated.

Dr. John H. Riggs III, board certified chiropractic orthopedist (2012), graduated from the Los Angeles College of Chiropractic (1988).  He has practiced in Michigan, California, Tennessee and Texas with current licenses in Texas and Michigan.  Prior to earning his doctorate, he completed associates, bachelors and masters degrees in business administration.  He currently teaches anatomy, physiology and human biology at two local community colleges.  He taught management classes at the college level for several years (classroom/online) and holds a lifetime California Community College Teaching Credential (business).  Dr. Riggs was appointed to the Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners (TBCE) from 2013-2019 (resigned 2017) and chaired the Enforcement Committee.  He represented the state at NBCE and FCLB meetings as a delegate/alternate and has participated in Part IV NBCE Exam committees.   He also served on the Texas Tech University of Health Sciences (TTHUSC) Public Health Community Advisory Board (PHCAB).  He is an Honorary Fellow of the FCLB.  He holds postdoctoral certifications in acupuncture, laser therapy, and Graston Technique.  Dr. Riggs is a member of the Academy of Chiropractic Orthopedists.  He has published 21 articles:  3 peer reviewed articles (JMPT/JACO). 11 non-peer reviewed articles (professional journals), and 7 martial arts articles (national and international journals).  Dr. Riggs is married and currently practices in Dowagiac, MI.  He holds a 5th degree black belt and teaches classes and periodic seminars in Aikido.   He has been in practice for 31 years.


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