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.
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
8:00 Introductions and Course Overview
8:15 The UE Evaluation: Assessment Skills and Lab
10:45 Intervention Components and Exercise Principles
1:00 Arthritic Conditions: rheumatoid, osteoarthritis, thumb CMC. (Orthosis demo/lab – short thumb spica)
3:00 Fractures: Distal Radius, Metacarpal/Boxer’s, Phalangeal, Radial Head/Elbow. (Orthosis demo/lab – wrist cock up)
4:30-5:00 Questions and Adjourn
8:00 Questions/review from previous day
8:30 Ligament Injuries/instability: TFCC/ulnar sided wrist pain, Gamekeeper’s/Skiier’s thumb, PIP/volar plate. (Orthosis demo/lab – longer wrist control)
10:15 Nerve Compressions: CTS, AIN, pronator syndrome, cubital tunnel/Guyon canal, radial tunnel and nerve palsy, DRSN, PIN (wrist control)
12:30 Tendinopathies: DeQuervains, wrist flex/ext tendinitis, intersection synd, lat/med epi, trigger finger. (Orthosis demo/lab – forearm-based thumb spica)
2:15 Tendon Imbalances: Boutonniere, Mallet, Swan Neck, Sagittal Band Rupture (Orthosis demo – finger gutter/figure of eight)
4:00 Flexor and extensor tendon repairs – brief
4:15 CASE STUDY discussion
5:00 Questions and Adjourn
Jennifer DeYoung Kristi Dickerson Pam Tutten Cindy Williams Greg Lindley Missie Zeiger