Hand and Upper Extremity Rehab: The Essentials, Part 2 Series


This interactive course is the second in a series designed to assist the novice hand therapist to the more experienced hand therapist in the education and training of hand and upper extremity rehabilitation.  Course lessons include: 1) Cumulative Trauma Disorders, 2) Burn Rehabilitation, 3) Tendons: Injuries and Intervention, 4) Arthritis, 5) Splinting, 6) Stiff Hand, 7) Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) and Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) and Causalgia, 8) Traumatic Hand Injuries and Prosthetics, and 9) Ergonomics.

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%.  Practice exams are offered for the learner at the end of each lesson to prepare the learner for the final exam.

This 14 hour course is comprised of nine lessons.  Each lesson will take you approximately 1 to 2 hours to complete as you go through and finish all assignments.

Upon completion of this course, the Learner will be able to:

  • Identify anatomical structures in the upper extremity affected by pathological processes and injuries.

  • Describe the pathological processes involved in cumulative trauma disorders, burns, arthritis, complex regional pain syndromes (RSD), stiff hand problems flaps and grafts, tendons, arthritis, RSD, tendon injuries, traumatic hand injuries, and stiff hand problems.

  • Discuss current splinting techniques and their proper utilization for specific disorders.

  • Describe pros and cons of the various prosthetic options for upper extremity amputations

  • Compare and contrast the surgical and therapeutic management of a wide array of disorders.

  • Select appropriate evidence-based treatment and rehabilitation techniques for hand patients.

  • Develop a plan of care for hand patients.

  • Describe how ergonomic principles affect the tools that people use as well as procedures and practices in the work environment.