Featured Special Topic Course: Treatment of Brachial Plexus Birth Injuries

By Sue Ludwig

A wonderful presentation on brachial plexus injuries. It was helpful to review the anatomy of the nerve roots and nerves. The pictures of the different types of birth injuries helped me to understand how they present in infants and children.” – Anne Marie Nelson, PT, CNT, NTMTC

Topic: Treatment of Brachial Plexus Birth Injuries

Course Description: This course will review the epidemiology and clinical characteristics of brachial plexus birth injuries. Acute therapeutic evaluation and intervention will be discussed as well as explanations regarding surgical management and associated post-operative care.

Speaker Bios:

Allison Allgier, OTD, OTR/L graduated from Eastern Kentucky University in 1992 and recently completed her clinical doctorate at Quinnipiac University in 2018. She has been employed at Cincinnati Children’s since 1999 and has been the Clinical Program Manager of the Cincinnati Children’s Brachial Plexus Center since its inception 18 years ago. Prior to coming to Cincinnati Children’s, Allison provided pediatric occupational therapy services through Early Intervention as well as through private outpatient services. Allison enjoys her current roll supporting patients with brachial plexus birth injury and their parents through active involvement in clinical care as well as research.

Ann R. Schwentker, MD graduated summa cum laude from Yale in 1990, and completed a Fullbright fellowship the following year in Vienna, Austria. She attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, receiving an American Heart Association fellowship for research in wound healing. During her residency in plastic surgery at the University of Pittsburgh, she completed an additional two years of basic science wound healing research. During her fellowship at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Dr. Schwentker’s clinical research received the outstanding nerve paper award at the American Society for Peripheral Nerve. She then began a pediatric plastic surgery practice with a teaching appointment at Emory University in Atlanta. She founded the Center for Brachial Plexus and Facial Nerve Reconstruction at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, and developed expertise in ear reconstruction and cleft lip and palate repair. Dr. Schwentker joined Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in 2011.

Target Audience: OT, SLP, PT, RN, MD and Neonatal professionals

CE Credit: 1 hour for OT, PT, SLP

Level: Intermediate

Fee: $57 or Free for Members


  1. Discuss the etiology and clinical characteristics of brachial plexus birth injuries.
  2. Explain acute therapeutic management of children with brachial plexus birth injuries.
  3. Describe surgical management of children with brachial plexus birth injuries.

Instructional Method: Recorded webinar from national conference, lecture, videos, pictures, and PowerPoint slides. Learning assessment and course evaluation follow course.

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“Excellent resources! Thankful to have better information to provide parents for home and prior to their first OP appointment.” – Erin Ponte, OTR/L, NTMTC

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