Hand Therapy Boot Camp: An Intro to Hand Therapy


This two-day course is designed to provide the non-specialist, as well as those new to the hand therapy specialty, with information necessary to evaluate and treat common hand conditions. Beginning with an anatomy and systems review of the hand, wrist and elbow, emphasis will then be placed on fundamental evaluation skills and treatment tools. Practical application of evidence-based modalities, orthoses, exercises and functional activities will be discussed. Learning will be enhanced with the opportunity to practice techniques in the lab portion of the course. Additionally, documentation and billing considerations will be addressed.

Target Audience: PTs, PTAs, OTs, OTAs, ATs
Instructional Level: Intermediate


CEU Approval Information

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16 Hour Course

16 CEUs awarded through AOTA

16 CEUs will be offered for Certified Athletic Trainers

Cancellation policy

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Course Rationale

The upper extremity and its associated diagnoses require specialized care. This course prepares therapists to provide effective treatment for patients with a variety of common hand therapy conditions when a Certified Hand Therapist is not available. Current evidence-based best practices will be discussed and applied as participants will create a sample treatment progression for a condition presented during the course.

Target Audience: OT, OTAs, PTs, PTAs
Instructional Level: Beginner to Intermediate
CEUs: 16 hours

Course Objectives

Effectively perform and document evaluative measurements to include ROM, strength, edema, sensibility, and pain.
Demonstrate ability to perform basic provocative tests in the evaluation of common UE disorders.Demonstrate ability to perform distal UE soft tissue mobilization and PROM to various UE joints.
Select and develop appropriate, prioritized treatment plans and home programs for effective utilization of therapy services in the reviewed UE conditions
Identify appropriate orthoses for each condition reviewed, including indications/ contraindications and wear schedule
Utilize techniques, pearls and tips to address the noncompliant patients.
Identify warning signs of CRPS so that early interventions may prevent further symptom development.
Identify when case complexities require further attention by/referral to a CHT or hand surgeon.
Utilize appropriate documentation and billing considerations


Jennifer DeYoung
Kristi Dickerson
Pam Tutten
Cindy Williams
Greg Lindley
Missie Zeiger


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