Introduction to Hand Therapy

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Course Description

This is a comprehensive, practical, and non-intimidating program designed for the clinician who is interested in pursuing hand therapy or is new to the field. This course takes an in-depth look at the management of common upper extremity diagnosis integrating anatomy and pathology with the evaluation and treatment process. Topics covered include exercise and activity progression, static and dynamic splinting, soft tissue assessment-treatment, edema management, sensibility, ROM, home program development and proper documentation.

Objectives

  • Identify the proper procedures for basic upper extremity evaluations including ROM, rapid grip, edema, sensibility, and proper documentation
  • Identify signs and symptoms for a variety of diagnoses related to the upper extremity including nerve compression, DeQuervains, Dupuytren’s Contracture, Trigger Finger, etc
  • Identify appropriate static and dynamic splints for the treatment of various upper extremity problems including splint wearing schedule, indications, and contra-indications.
  • Select and prioritize treatment options and develop effective home programs to reduce the number of necessary therapy sessions.
  • Identify several techniques to assess the “non-compliant patient”.
  • Identify the “warning signs” of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS/RSD) as early interventions may prevent further development of symptoms.

Agenda

Day 1

8:00 Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 Upper Extremity Anatomy: bones, joints, ligaments, tendons and nerves.
9:00 Upper Extremity Evaluation: ROM, Motor strength, Sensibility, Edema, Patient’s history, interview
10:15 BREAK
10:30  RSI, Ligament Injuries and Instabilities
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome 
- Gamekeeper’s Thumb
- Volar plate injury (PIP joint)
12:00 LUNCH (On your own)
1:00  Ligament’s Continued
- Collateral ligament tear
- Carpal ligament instability & TFCC 
...splinting and rehab program
2:45 Fracture Management and Rehab
- Finger (distal, middle & proximal phalanges)
- Metacarpal, Carpal, & Radius/Ulna
...splinting, edema mgmt, wound care, precautions, appropriate modalities & strengthening following casting, open reduction, and external fixation techniques. 
3:15 BREAK
3:30 Fractures Continued
5:30 Questions and Adjourn

Day 2

8:00 Flexor tendon zone repair and rehab s/p tenolysis extensor tendon laceration, repair, and rehab
10:15  BREAK
10:30  Arthritis: 
- Thumb CMC (pre and post)
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Flexor tenosynovitis  
- Extensor tenosynovitis
- Trigger thumb / finger
- MP joint arthroplasties (implants)
12:00 LUNCH (On your own)
1:00 Epicondolytis 
Dequervains (pre and post)
Wrist Ganglions
Dupuytren’s Contractures
2:45 Traumatic injuries and Complications
- Nerve lacerations (radial, median, ulnar, & digital) 
- Crush Injuries
3:15  BREAK
3:30  Traumatic injuries Continued
- Complex Regional Pain Syndrome **(CRPS/RSD)
- ”The Stiff Hand”
- Infections
5:00 Questions and Adjourn 

Faculty

ROGER BROWN, OTR/L, CHT, CEAS is an Occupational Therapist who currently practices in Atlanta, GA. He has treated a variety of injuries involving the shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand to include fractures, tendon and nerve lacerations, rotator cuff repair and frozen shoulders. Roger received his OT training in the United States Army and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel, Army Medical Specialist Corps. He received his Masters Degree in Health Education in Occupational Therapy from Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, GA in 1991; Masters Degree in Adult Education from Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA in 1983, and his Bachelors in Occupational Therapy from East Carolina University, Greenville, NC in 1977.

Roger is a Certified Ergonomic Assessment Specialist with additional training from the Atlanta Back School. Roger is also trained in WorkSteps and WorkWell Functional Capacity Evaluations. Rogers vision as a Certified Hand Therapist is to be a part of the growth of Hand Therapy both regionally and nationally. He has long been a sought after mentor for therapists who’s endeavor is the pursuit of hand therapy certification. He is actively involved in student affiliation programs in the specialty area for Hand Therapy.

Participants Comments

"I am ABSOLUTELY IMPRESSED with this course"

"BEST CONTINUING ED COURSE I’ve ever attended"

"Every therapist should be required to have this info."

"GREAT -non-intimidating information with lots of info."

"I enjoyed the DOWN-TO-EARTH style & the encouragement to all who are interested to pursue hand therapy"

Audience

This is an intermediate level workshop for PTs, PTAs, OTs, and ATs

NOTE: Nothing in this course is to enable or permit the learner to apply techniques outside of the scope of practice in their individual state and discipline.

Educational Credit

A certificate of attendance for 15 Contact Hours (17 in FL) will be awarded to each participant. All Therapy Network Seminars are pre‐approved for CEUs in the state where the course is conducted when required for PT, OT, ATs AND Assistants.

Therapy Network, Inc. (BOC AP#: P2563) is approved by the Board of Certification, Inc. to provide continuing education to Certified Athletic Trainers. Our seminars are eligible for a maxi‐ mum of 15 Category A hours/CEUs. ATs should claim only those hours actually spent in the educational program.

AOTA Approved Provider of Continuing Education # 3073. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsements of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA

Cancellation Policy

POLICY: Registration fee less a $75 administrative charge is refundable if cancellation received 14 days prior to program date. No refunds will be given after that time. Therapy Network, Inc. reserves the right to cancel a seminar and will refund in full the registration fee only. TNI is NOT responsible for registrants non‐refundable airfare, accommodations or fees.

Who Should Attend

This is an introductory level workshop designed for OTs, PTs, ATCs and Assistants

Additional Information

Training Provider: Therapy Network Seminars

Course Topics: Health Care Training > Physical Therapy

Training Course Summary: This is a comprehensive, practical, and nonintimidating program designed for the clinician who is interested in pursuing hand therapy or is new to the field.

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