Light at the End of the Carpal Tunnel - PT19

Light at the End of the Carpal Tunnel

Treating Median Nerve Entrapment at the Wrist

by Anne Ahlman, MPT
(4.5 / 392 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Physical Therapy (1.00 Hour(s))

Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50


Carpal tunnel syndrome is the most common upper extremity entrapment neuropathy, and thought to be present in up to 5% of the U.S. population. This seemingly straightforward compression syndrome of the median nerve within the carpal tunnel is vulnerable to a series of factors, ranging from inadequate anatomical space inside the carpal tunnel to changes in the body’s fluid balance, and from underlying inflammatory or metabolic disorders to external forces such as vibration, repetition or poor positioning. Physical therapists need to be able to identify the etiology, presentation and treatments associated with carpal tunnel syndrome.


The goal of this carpal tunnel syndrome continuing education program is to help physical therapists identify the etiology, presentation and treatments associated with CTS. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Describe the anatomy of the carpal tunnel, and discuss the mechanisms of injury associated with CTS
  • Explain the most common surgical approaches for patients with CTS
  • Discuss evidence-based nonsurgical approaches to counteract entrapment neuropathy at the carpal tunnel

Approval Information
OnCourse Learning is an approved sponsor by The New York State Education Department of Continuing Education for Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants from 10/21/09 to 10/20/18.
This activity is provided by the TX Board of PT Examiners Accredited Provider GED012010TPTA2012004 for 01/01/2010 to 01/31/2013; 1601004 for 02/01/2013 to 01/31/2016; and 1902004TX for 02/01/2016 to 01/31/2019 and meets continuing competence requirements for physical therapist and physical therapist assistant licensure renewal in Texas. The assignment of Texas PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE.
OnCourse Learning is recognized by The Physical Therapy Board of California as an approved reviewer and provider of continuing competency courses for the state of California.
OnCourse Learning is a licensed physical therapy continuing education sponsor (#216.000275) with The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation from July 2013 through September 30, 2018.
This course has been approved as meeting the continuing education requirements for PTs and PTAs by:
The Ohio Physical Therapy Association (approval no. 10S0565 for 4/1/10 to 4/1/11; 11S0686 for 04/02/11 to 04/02/12; 12S0644 for 04/03/12 to 04/03/13; 13S0981 for 04/04/13 to 04/04/14; 14S0415 for 04/05/14 to 04/05/15; 15S0751 for 04/06/15 to 04/06/16; 16S1702 for 04/07/16 to 04/07/17; 17S0870 for 4/8/17 to 4/8/18;0 18S0776 for 4/9/918 to 4/9/19).
The Florida Physical Therapy Association (approval no. CP100015415, exp. date 12/31/10; approval no. CP110015417 for 01/01/11 to 12/31/11; CE120017199 for 01/01/12 to 12/31/12; CE130019641 for 01/01/13 to 12/31/13; CE140021521 for 01/01/14 to 12/31/14; CE150023605 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/15; CE16-27096 for 01/01/16 to 12/31/16; CE17-518145 for 01/01/17 to 12/31/17). Approval of this course does not necessarily imply The Florida Physical Therapy Association supports the views of the presenter or the sponsors.
The Tennessee Physical Therapy Association (approval no. 3385 for 8/24/10 to 8/23/11, 3930 for 8/24/11 to 8/23/12, 4542 for 08/24/12 to 08/23/13; 5124 for 08/24/13 to 08/23/14; 5684 for 08/24/14 to 08/23/15; 6216 for 08/24/15 to 08/23/16; 2016-398 for 08/24/16 to 08/23/17) for Class 1 Continuing Education Requirement.
The Pennsylvania Board of Physical Therapy (PTCE003840 for 01/01/13 to 12/31/14; PTCE007084 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/16; PTCE010211 for 01/01/17 to 12/31/18).
The New Jersey Board of Physical Therapy Examiners (approval no. 412-2010, expiration date 1/31/12; 100-2012 from 02/01/12 to 01/31/14; 234-2014 for 02/01/14 to 01/31/16; 2016-266 for 02/01/16 to 01/31/18; 1801-196 for 2/1/18 to 1/31/20).
This course has been approved by:
The Maryland State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 0.1 CEU for 04/05/11 to 04/05/15; 03/16/15 TO 03/16/19.
The Nevada State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 0.1 units of continuing education for 09/13/11 to 07/31/13; 07/31/13 to 07/31/15; 07/31/15 to 07/31/17; 07/31/15 to 07/31/17; 11/29/17 to 7/31/19.
The Illinois Chapter Continuing Education Committee has certified that this course meets the criteria for approval of Continuing Education offerings established by The Illinois Physical Therapy Association (approval no. 437-3267 for 4/1/10 to 4/1/11, 437-3802 for 04/01/11 to 04/01/12; 437-4209 for 04/01/12 to 04/01/13; 437-4822 for 04/01/13 to 04/01/14). According to the Rules for the Administration of the Illinois Physical Therapy Act (section 13460.61) published by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation, a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant applying for re-licensure in Illinois can earn a maximum of 50 percent of their required continuing education hours from self-study. The hours awarded of this course are designated for self-study CE credit.
Other states may accept this course for meeting their CE requirements. Check with your state association or board.
Please note: The Orthopaedic Nurses Certification Board has designated this educational activity to receive 1.0 contact hour in Category A and 0 contact hours in Category B toward recertification.

Course Originally Released on: 4/7/2015
Date of Most Recent Review: 4/7/2015
Course Termination/Update Date: 12/31/2019


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Diane T - Strafford, VT  ·  Sep 19, 2018
great survey too long
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Michael C - Downey, CA  ·  Sep 03, 2018
Good overview of CTS
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Alice B - Sterling, AK  ·  Jul 28, 2018
interesting-good explanation of when surgery is more beneficial
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Dawn H - Peoria, AZ  ·  Jul 24, 2018
Good overview of CTS diagnosis and treatment.
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Jessica M - Austin, TX  ·  Jun 24, 2018
Good review of CTS with research on effective treatment options.
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Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50