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The Hand: Current Advances in Assessment and Treatment

Profession: Physical Therapists/Assistants,Occupational Therapists/Assistants,Doctors of Chiropractic
Topic: Clinical
CEU: 1.1 unit
Contact Hours: 11 hours

States Approved:
- Physical Therapists/Assistants : California, Colorado, Hawaii, Indiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Wyoming
- Occupational Therapists/Assistants : Ohio
- Doctors of Chiropractic : Iowa, Nebraska, New Jersey

Skill Level: Beginner


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Course Description:

Proper wrist and hand function is integral to nearly all daily life functions. An injury whether due to repetitive stress, disease or soft tissue damage makes work, sports, household, or leisure activities both stressful and painful. The care of the hand and upper extremities has long been a challenge to physicians and therapists and in order to restore function and mobility it is paramount to have a thorough knowledge of the anatomy and biomechanics of the wrist and hand. This relational understanding allows the therapist or clinician to grasp the intricate balance of the mechanics of the hand and wrist and to suggest appropriate strategies for functional improvement. Such a framework lends itself to designing treatment plans that increase patient lifestyle satisfaction while improving clinical outcomes.

This course will cover the fundamental principles for evaluation and functional progression treatment of the wrist and hand. The architectural framework of the wrist and hand will be presented as the basis for treatment interventions designed to improve function. Improving patient outcomes will be facilitated through increasing your knowledge of the delicate and complex anatomy and kinesiology of the wrist and hand. Recurrent hand and wrist conditions including Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, DeQuervain’s Tenosynovitis, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome and their treatment will be presented through actual case studies.

Course objectives:

  1. Discuss the anatomy and kinesiology of the wrist and hand
  2. Perform a detailed wrist assessment
  3. Identify the most commonly encountered pathologies of the upper extremity
  4. Implement the appropriate treatment techniques arising from the wrist and hand
  5. Demonstrate an appropriate understanding of the relationship of the components of the upper extremity.
  6. Administer effective diagnostic tests to prescribe the most accurate treatment interventions.
  7. Apply best practice hand therapy protocol to better clinical outcomes.

Target Audience:

  • Physical Therapists
  • Physical Therapy Assistants
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Doctors of Chiropractic

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Chapter 1: Anatomy and Kinesiology of the Hand
The Hand and Its Components
Hand Units
Fascia and Compartments
Muscles and Tendons
The retinacular system
Dorsal wrist compartments
Flexor tendon zones
Function of the Extrinsic Muscles
The intrinsic muscles of the hand
Blood supply
Nerve supply
Hand Kinesiology
Chapter 2: Anatomy and Kinesiology of the Wrist
The Wrist
Bony Anatomy
Joint Anatomy
Ligament Anatomy
Triangular Fibrocartilage Complex
Ulnar Variance
Scaphoid and Lunate
Nerve Supply
Vascular Anatomy
Ulnar mechanics
Wrist Examination
Chapter 3: Clinical Examination of the Wrist & Hand Patient History
Physical Examination
Objective Assessments
Chapter 4: Diagnoses and Treatment
Abscess, Palmar
Amputation, Finger or Thumb
Buerger’s Disease
Burn, Wrist and Hand
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Release
Contusion, Elbow and Upper Limb
Crush Injuries and Compartment Syndrome (CS)
Dupuytren’s Contracture and Release
Entrapment, Radial Nerve
Entrapment, Ulnar Nerve
Epicondylitis, Medial and Lateral
Fracture, Carpal Bones
Fracture, Distal Forearm
Fracture, Fingers and Thumb
Fracture, Metacarpal Bones
Ganglion Cyst, Wrist Ganglionectomy
Ganglion Cyst, Synovial
Open Wound
Sprain, Wrist
Sprain, Hand or Finger
Tendon Repair, Laceration of Hand
Trigger Finger or Thumb
Chapter 5: Case Studies and Discussions of Common Wrist and Hand Conditions
Anterior Interosseous Syndrome
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CPRS)
DeQuervain’s Tenosynovitis/ Washerwoman’s Sprain
Guyon’s Canal Syndrome (Cyclist palsy or handlebar palsy)
Posterior Interosseous Syndrome
Chapter 6 Pre-Cut/Pre-Fabricated Splints & Braces


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Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants: New York: Rehabsurge, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Physical Therapy as an approved provider for physical therapy and physical therapist assistant continuing education. This seminar is awarded 11 contact hours.

Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants: California: The Physical Therapy Board of California recognizes Rehabsurge, Inc. as an Approval Agency to Approve Providers of Continuing Competency Courses in California for Physical Therapists and Physical Therapy Assistants. This course is approved for 11 CEs/Contact Hours.

Pricing Information

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