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UW Health Hosts the Region's First Peripheral Nerve Symposium

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On October 5, 2013, Symposium Director Amgad Hanna, MD, neurosurgeon and assistant professor at University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health welcomed a mixture of occupational therapists, physical therapists, family practice physicians, pain management physicians and neurologists to this series of talks about this often-misunderstood condition.

"For peripheral nerve patients, especially those with brachial plexus injuries, early recognition and referral are essential. Surgical intervention should occur between three and six months after the injury to ensure the best outcome. More awareness can help many patients recover more completely," said Dr. Hanna.

The meeting goal was to cover some of the common cases that are seen in UW Health's multidisciplinary clinic with presentations from topic area experts and facilitation of group discussion. For this session, topics included:

  • Nerve grafting and nerve transfers
  • Brachial plexus palsy in infants
  • Tendon and muscle transfers for treatment of nerve injuries
  • Clinical utility of an electromyogram (EMG)
  • Brachial plexus rehab
  • Psychosocial patient issues
  • Surgical management of pain
  • Research topics including methods of controlling the peripheral nervous system with light

"We were very encouraged by the attendance and interest in this topic. We will be offering this symposium again in the future with new topics," according to Dr. Hanna.

The date and topics are not decided yet, but those interested in being on the contact list for future Peripheral Nerve Symposia can let us know by contacting Joyce Bushar at (608) 263-1410 or Niki Virnig at (608) 262-1101.