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    OT Assistant

    Hand Therapy 101

    Hand, Elbow and Shoulder: Core Knowledge in Orthopedics


    • Describe normal anatomy of the hand which is fundamental to recognizing and treating pathology.
    • List and examine 5 components involved in a comprehensive physical examination of the hand.
    • Describe various types of phalangeal fractures and understand general principles of conservative and operative treatment interventions.
    • Describe various types of metacarpal fractures and understand general principles of conservative and operative treatment interventions.
    •  Compare and contrast fractures of the thumb and how various fractures are treated.
    • Become familiar with classification of thumb injuries and methods of thumb reconstruction.
    • Summarize diagnostic techniques and management of distal radius fractures and outcome measures.
    • Differentiate various surgical techniques used to stabilize fractures and how these techniques impact rehabilitation protocols.
    • Examine and describe the distal radioulnar joint and triangular fibrocartilage complex and types of injuries that result in ulnar-ided wrist pain.
    • Recognize the importance of carpal kinematics and the role of the scaphoid along with carpal anatomy and biomechanics.
    • Become familiar with various aspects of scaphoid fractures and nonunions as well as current treatment options.
    • Recognize the incidence and impact of all carpal bone fractures as well as carpal instabilities ? how they are diagnosed and treated both conservatively and surgically.
    • Become familiar with diagnostic methods used to diagnosis carpal instabilities and understand each classification or category of carpal instability.
    • Define flexor tendon zones, tendon nutrition and healing as well as repair techniques and treatment protocols.
    • Define extensor tendon zones of injury, repair techniques and treatment protocols.
    • Become familiar with a wide range of tendonitis conditions, differential diagnosis and treatment options.
    • Review nerve anatomy and physiology and understand how nerve regenerate.
    • Differentiate between various levels of nerve injury, predict outcome and understand classification of nerve injury.
    • Outline and examine nerve compression syndromes and recognize common site of entrapment for peripheral nerves.
    • Recognize signs and symptoms of complex regional pain syndrome as well as differentiate stages and symptoms of a more advanced condition.
    • Become familiar with the basic tenants of tendon transfers as well as pre-operative evaluation of muscles and nerves commonly transferred to restore function after paralysis.
    • Describe the pathoantomy and pathophysiology of Dupuytrens disease and list common surgical interventions and complications/outcomes.
    • Describe various type of fingertip injuries including nail bed and fingertip amputations and understand options for soft tissue coverage and management.
    • Understand the importance of a comprehensive history and physical exam with hand infections and list principles of treatment.
    • Become familiar with specific anatomic infections and how infection can impair hand function.
    • Familiarize yourself with key concepts in replantation as well as contraindications.
    • Describ the pathophysiology of osteoarthritis on joints of the hand and wrist.
    • Become familiar with surgical treatment options for osteoarthritis in the wrist and hand.
    • Identify outcomes after surgical intervention for arthritic conditions of the hand and wrist.
    • Differentiate rheumatoid arthritis (RA) including clinical features, pathophysiology and management of RA.
    • Become familiar with the different operative techniques and surgical procedures often performed on patients with RA and indicate functional outcomes.
    • Become familiar with soft tissue neoplasms (benign and malignant) and basic principles of tumor diagnostics, and various classifications. And stages of tumors.
    • Become familiar with various bone tumors of the upper extremity.

    Joanne Brown, MS, OT, CHT

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    $389.00 USD

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