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Focal Dystonia and CRPS: The Neuroscience and Interdisciplinary Treatment

Everything you need to know about assessment, treatment and medical management.

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Why is this course different?

Here are a few reasons this will be the best weekend course you have taken!


This course is a patient centered theory and practice for increasing your confidence and optimizing your outcomes for people with focal dystonia and CRPS


An intensive two day course including advanced theoretical perspectives from PTs and MDs specialized in this area.

Join us in person in Southern California for this course--or join virtually live!

This course will be very practical—bring it to the clinic on Monday--learning. If you know re+active, then you know that this course is sure to be engaging, enjoyable and theory made practical.

Course Faculty:

Julie Hershberg PT, DPT, Board Certified Neurologic Clinical Specialist

Brittany Kim PT, DPT, Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist

Allan Wu, MD Movement Disorders Specialist

Lara Edinger, DO Chronic Pain Specialist



Course Objectives:

  • Characterize the underlying software vs. hardware problems in focal dystonia and CRPS
  • Understand how the pathophysiology for focal dystonia and CRPS are similar and different
  • Apply graded exposure for return to activity
  • Incorporate pacing and return to activity to a treatment program
    • Understand how it is similar and different in focal dystonia and CRPS
  • Apply assessment and treatment principles to several cases
    • CRPS hand
    • CRPS foot
    • Focal dystonia running
    • Focal dystonia with PD
    • Focal dystonia hand

This is not your typical course! Look at all of the goodies that will help you hit the ground running when you head back to work on Monday:

  • Laminated illustrations for education (wait until you see our mountain and bucket analogies!)
  • Sample evaluation forms and algorithms
  • Open mic time to discuss YOUR case!
  • Hands on practice
  • Swag bags (that's right!) with some great tools for you to use in the clinic
  • Healthy eats and snacks (avocado toast, anyone?)
  • Discussion with physicians who care deeply about your patients
  • Lifelong access to recordings
  • Private group for ongoing discussions (you ever feel like you learn it and then go back to the clinic with your next patient and have so many questions--this private group is for you!)

Your Instructor


Julie Hershberg & Brittany Kim
Julie Hershberg & Brittany Kim

Dr. Julie Hershberg PT, DPT, NCS is a neurologic physical therapist devoted to clinical practice, research and teaching. Completing her doctorate in physical therapy in 2002, she went on to complete a neurologic residency program at USC in 2003. She started re+active PT & wellness, a neurologic physical therapy and fitness practice, 7 years ago. The Schmidt Movement Disorders Fellowship for physical therapists, a combined training program at re+active and UCLA, is now in its 4th year and lead by Julie. She has spent 12 years in clinical research and is currently the site investigator for the PACE-HD study.


Dr. Brittany Kim PT, DPT, OCS is an orthopedic specialist with experiencing serving people with neurologic diagnoses, chronic pain, and headaches who are looking for ways to recover their ability to do the things in life that mean the most to them. She received her doctorate degree in physical therapy from USC, completed the Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency at USC, and is Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist. Through the residency program she developed a strong passion for working with people with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS).


Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The weekend course is October 12 and 13th and never ends! Join us in person for hands on learning and problem solving, or live online for the whole weekend!
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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