Hand & Upper Extremity Essentials 2.0(P): The Fundamentals

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
  • 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. 

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