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Spotlight on Research: Parsonage Turner Syndrome Following a PT's Shoulder Dislocation

When: Live Virtual Learning: Second Thursday of Every Month
7:00 - 8:30 PM
Where: ZOOM Meeting Platform
United States
Presenter: Ricardo A. Fernandez PT, PhD, OCS, CSCS
Contact: Sharon Meyerhoff, Member Services Manager

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Interested in research? The Illinois Physical Therapy Foundation (IPTF) offers FREE monthly Live virtual learning webinars that helps our members stay informed about ongoing research efforts, and insight and knowledge on current research and researchers. Plus  - participants can earn continuing education credits (CE).


"Parsonage Turner Syndrome Following a
Physical Therapist's Shoulder Dislocation"

Earn 1 FREE hour of CE!

Join us for this month's Spotlight on Research Virtual Learning course as Ricardo A. Fernandez PT, PhD, OCS, CSCS  presents his research on "Parsonage Turner Syndrome Following a Physical Therapist's Shoulder Dislocation ."

This is a case of Parsonage Turner Syndrome in a physical therapist's shoulder following a shoulder dislocation, reduction and subsequent Bankart surgery. Parsonage Turner Syndrome, also known as idiopathic brachial plexopathy or neuralgic amyotrophy or brachial neuritis, is a condition of sudden shoulder pain, numbness and progressive muscle weakness of the shoulder and upper arm. The condition has been reported following trauma, surgery, and after vaccination. This idiopathic brachial plexopathy was reported by Parsonage and Turner in 1948. 

The patient had a fall off a 12-foot ladder onto an outstretched arm causing an anterior glenohumeral dislocation and glenoid fracture. He underwent closed reduction within hours and had subsequent surgery to stabilize the shoulder eight days later. The patient developed a brachial plexopathy with shoulder paralysis soon after surgery. There was delayed rehabilitation secondary to the shoulder instability and the patient was unable to start rehabilitation until 17 weeks post-op. 

This case describes the challenges of establishing a proper diagnosis with post-operative shoulder paralysis, the patient's history with delayed rehabilitation, and the subsequent interventions for a patient diagnosed with Parsonage Turner Syndrome. 


Course Objectives:
Upon completion of this webinar, the participant will be able to:

  • Identify the signs, symptoms and clinical presentation of Parsonage Turner Syndrome
  • Describe the suggested interventions for a patient with Parsonage Turner Syndrome
  • Discuss the prognosis and timeline for a patient with Parsonage Turner Syndrome



Ricardo A. Fernandez PT, PhD, OCS, CSCS  graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a degree in physical therapy in 1989. He then returned to complete his Master of Health Science in physical therapy degree from the University of Indianapolis with a specialty in orthopedics in 1992.

While a full-time faculty member at Northwestern University, Ricardo studied the relationship between posture and knee dysfunction as part of his doctoral work at Nova Southeastern University where he completed his PhD in 2007.

He is a credentialed clinical instructor, orthopedic certified specialist, and a certified strength and conditioning specialist. He has lectured locally at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Governors State University, Northern Illinois University, Rosalind Franklin University, Morton College, Fox College and Oakton Community College. Ricardo has written exam questions for the state board exam as a member of the Item Writer and Review Committee of the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy and for the orthopedic specialty exam as a member of the Specialization Academy of Content Experts of the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. In 2009, he was appointed and served eight years on the Illinois Physical Therapy Licensing and Disciplinary Board with two years as the chairperson.

Ricardo has presented over 200 physical therapy related presentations to community based organizations. Additionally, he has presented over 300 professional presentations in eighteen states and has also lectured internationally in Aruba, Ethiopia, Honduras, Vietnam and Peru. His publications have appeared in Athletic Therapy Today, Physical Therapy Case Reports, Physical Therapy, and the Sports Physical Therapy Section Newsletter. Ricardo is currently enjoying clinical practice at Advanced Orthopedic and Spine Care in Oak Lawn, Illinois.


You are encouraged to send questions and comments prior to the event using the IPTA Research Question Box and the IPTA Research Forum. Please note that you must be logged into the site as an IPTA member to submit your questions.

Upon completion of the webinar, attendees will also be eligible to earn up to 1 FREE CE by filling out a short evaluation form. You MUST RSVP, prior to the date of webinar, in order to receive the email that is sent out the morning of the webinar with the evaluation link.




Topic: Spotlight on Research: Parsonage Turner Syndrome Following a PT's Shoulder Dislocation
Time: Jan 09, 2020 07:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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Note to Nonmembers: The IPTA welcome you to register and attend any of our upcoming #THIRDTHURSDAY or Spotlight on Research educational programming! One of the many benefits of IPTA membership is the opportunity to receive quality FREE CE (Continuing Education) hosted by the Association throughout the year. In free CE opportunities alone, your APTA/IPTA membership can pay for itself! Do the math – we welcome you to explore the various benefits of IPTA membership by clicking here. You too can be a part of your professional association!


The IPTA will only award nonmembers CE certificates for participation during their first TWO free CE events (#THIRDTHURSDAY or Spotlight on Research).

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