• CREDIT HRS: 7
    Course Description
    This course is designed to provide novice therapists and seasoned clinicians alike with knowledge about the anatomy and kinesiology of the upper quarter, an overview of neuroanatomy of in upper extremity rehabilitation and its relationship to hand and upper extremity rehabilitation, basic theory and application of physical agent modalities (PAMs) used in upper extremity rehabilitation.

    It also provides an overview of splinting of the upper extremity and its relationship to hand and upper extremity rehabilitation and addresses the impact of selected pathological processes on hand and upper extremity rehabilitation.

    Note to Learners:
    The Hand and Upper Extremity 2.0 series offers essential information with relevance to OT practitioners who desire specialized knowledge and skills to maximize functional independence in persons with UE pathology. These courses provide foundational disease process information and occupational therapy intervention strategies with practical clinical application. The course content describes specific areas of dysfunction that the OT practitioner uses to develop a client-centered plan derived from each patient’s unique occupational needs.

    Teaching methods for this course include course content delivered in text format, animation, graphics, and live web links. To pass the course learners must successfully complete the final exam at the end of the course with a minimum passing score of 80%.

    Learning Objectives
    By end of course, learner will be able to:

    • Identify the basic neuroanatomy of the central nervous system (CNS) and peripheral nervous system from the examination data of the upper extremity provided, to assimilation and differentiate the clinical manifestations associated with upper extremity nerve injuries.
    • List 3 anatomical structures that make up the shoulder joint.
    • When clinical assessment data is provided, identify 3 the clinical signs/symptoms of rotator cuff disorders.
    • Identify 2 common manual tests used to evaluate elbow function.
    • Identify 3 of the specific tests used to differentiate pathologies of the wrist/hand complex.
    • Describe 3 clinical benefits with use of physical agent modalities (E-Stim. & Ultrasound) as part of a patient treatment program/plan.
    • List 3 disadvantages and 3 precautions when using physical agent modalities of heat, cold, ultrasound, phonophoresis, electrotherapy, iontophoresis, and biofeedback with any patient.
    • Interpret and assimilate clinical assessment patient data provide to determine the appropriate splint for patient.


  • COURSE HOURS: 6

    Course Description

    This interactive course is designed to provide the novice hand therapist to the more experienced hand therapist knowledge about the anatomical structures affected by, the pathological processes involved, and management of traumatic hand injuries including

    • selection of prosthetics;
    • knowledge of rehabilitation of upper extremity fractures;
    • knowledge about the evaluation and treatment of burns of the upper extremity;
    • understanding the wound healing process; and
    • evaluation of wounds and wound care.
    Note to Learners:The Hand and Upper Extremity 2.0 series offers essential information with relevance to OT practitioners who desire specialized knowledge and skills to maximize functional independence in persons with UE pathology. These courses provide foundational disease process information and occupational therapy intervention strategies with practical clinical application. The course content describes specific areas of dysfunction that the OT practitioner uses to develop a client-centered plan derived from each patient’s unique occupational needs.

    Teaching methods for this course include course content delivered in text format, animation, graphics, and live web links. To pass the course learners must successfully complete the final exam at the end of the course with a minimum passing score of 80%.

    Learning Objectives

    By end of course, learner will be able to:
    • Identify 3 of 6 general levels of upper extremity amputation
    • Define the 4 general classifications of prosthetics
    • Define 3 phases of fracture healing
    • Identify 1 appropriate therapeutic intervention for wrist, and hand fractures
    • Identify 3 types of burns classified by depth of injury
    • Identify 3 phases of wound healing that influence therapeutic management of wounds
    • Identify 3 types of wound closure influencing therapeutic management of wounds

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  • COURSE HOURS: 9
    Course Description

    This course is interactive and designed to provide the novice hand therapist to the more experienced hand therapist knowledge about the anatomical structures affected by, the pathological processes involved, and management of
    • cumulative trauma disorders;
    • tendon injuries;
    • arthritis;
    • stiff hand.
    Part B will provide
    • an understanding of the pathological processes involved in Dupuytren’s contractures, surgical techniques and rehabilitation of this disorder, and
    • knowledge about the anatomical structures affected by, the pathological processes involved, and management of complex regional pain syndrome, reflex sympathetic dystrophy, and causalgia.
    Note to Learners:
    The Hand and Upper Extremity 2.0 series offers essential information with relevance to OT practitioners who desire specialized knowledge and skills to maximize functional independence in persons with UE pathology. These courses provide foundational disease process information and occupational therapy intervention strategies with practical clinical application. The course content describes specific areas of dysfunction that the OT practitioner uses to develop a client-centered plan derived from each patient’s unique occupational needs.

    Teaching methods for this course include course content delivered in text format, animation, graphics, and live web links. To pass the course learners must successfully complete the final exam at the end of the course with a minimum passing score of 80%.

    Learning Objectives

    By the end of the course, learner will:

    • Identify 4 of 7 anatomical structures commonly affected by cumulative trauma, as measured by midterm and/or final exam questions.
    • Identify at least 2 common therapeutic protocols for flexor and extensor tendon injuries (each), as measured by midterm and/or final exam questions.
    • Define the etiology of OA versus RA, as measured by midterm and/or final exam questions.
    • Identify at least 2 common clinical tests used to evaluate basal joint OA.
    • Identify at least 2 surgical procedures commonly requiring post-op therapeutic management.
    • Identify 3 of 7 primary causes of the stiff hand.
    • Recognize 2 therapeutic interventions common to post-op management of Dupuytren’s release.
    • Define the primary difference between Complex Regional Pain Syndrome I and II.