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Course Description

This course utilizes content from the textbook “Fundamental of Hand Therapy” Second Edition, by Cynthia Cooper, MFA, MA, OTR/L, CHT © 2014, published by Elsevier.

Instructional Level: Beginner to Intermediate
This course has been written for hand therapy specialists and non-specialist with illustrated text and references that emphasize treatment fundamentals , providing tips and guidelines for hand therapy treatment, and enhances critical thinking about clients' individual needs.

Throughout this text you will find coverage of anatomy, fractures, tendon injuries, shoulder disorders, elbow and wrist disorders, evaluation, pain, tendinopathy, chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy, wound care, arthritis, peripheral nerve problems and integrative strategies. Also included is the emphasis on the development of clinical reasoning skills, describing the components of the evaluation process.  Cases studies have been implemented to demonstrate the use of clinical reasoning and to highlight the 'human' side of each client.

To better meet your professional needs, this fully illustrated text of 596 pages has been carefully broken down by sections into 5 modules.  Each module approved for 10 contact hours of post-graduate continuing education (NOTE: board approvals vary state to state, please check your states approval status in the state specific course catalog by returning to our home page and entering both your state and profession).
Each 10 contact hour module can be purchased individually or combined with one or all of the other modules from this course to create a Course Bundle.  Each course is offered in two easy formats to again meet your professional needs.  You can choose to have immediate access to your course by selecting the online format (PDF download) or a hard copy of the material can be rushed to your home by selecting our mail format. 

Module Description

Included in Module 1:

Chapter 1:  Fundamentals:  Hand Therapy Concepts and Treatment Techniques
Chapter 2:  Functional Anatomy
Chapter 3:  Edema Reduction Techniques: A Biological Rational for Selection
Chapter 4:  Tissue-Specific Exercises for the Upper Extremity
Chapter 5:  Evaluation of the Hand and Upper Extremity
Chapter 6:  Clinical Reasoning and Problem Solving to Prevent Pitfalls in Hand Injuries
Chapter 7:  Orthoses:  Essential Concepts

Module Goals

Course Goals:This course is intended to instruct the professional through a self-paced study of Hand Therapy Concepts, Evaluation and Treatment Techniques.

Professional Learning Objectives

  1. Identify hand therapy concepts.
  2. Differentiate between intrinsic or extrinsic exterior muscle tightness.
  3. Recognize that all pain is not the same.
  4. Discuss treatment techniques during hand therapy.
  5. Understand hand exercises.
  6. List differential tendon gliding exercises.
  7. Explain balanced scapulo-thoracic rhythm.
  8. Discuss the normal skeletal system of upper extremity.
  9. Recognize what allows a muscle to be stretched without being damaged.
  10. Understand neurovascular symptoms associated with upper body movement.
  11. Explain shortened muscles.
  12. Discuss muscles originating from the lateral epicondyle.
  13. Recognize the balanced relationship between the wrist, fingers, and thumb.
  14. Identify the nerve that lies immediately below the transverse carpal ligament.
  15. Explain the key to successful edema reduction.
  16. Understand acute edema related to the vascular antomy.
  17. List reduction techniques for acute edema.
  18. Discuss manual edema mobilization.
  19. Explain manual edema mobilization massage, drainage, and definitions.
  20. List types of edema and appropriate treatment.
  21. Define joint dsyfunctions.
  22. Discuss the histology of collagen, bone, and cartilage.
  23. Recognize the first goal of dosing exercise.
  24. Explain the length-tension relationship and implications to exercise.
  25. Identify the progression of hypomobilities from stages I to IV.
  26. Understand the Borg scale rate of perceived exertion scales.
  27. Recognize pain that is often associated with depression, anxiety, and other psychological involvement.
  28. Discuss methods for range of motion assessment.
  29. Explain the static two-point discrimination test.
  30. Understand the Quick Disabilities of the Arm, Shoulder, and Hand (DASH).
  31. Recognize the term used to describe the metabolism of scar production and absorption rates.
  32. Discuss using Cyriax’s rules of orthopaedic evaluation.
  33. Identify thermoplastic materials.
  34. List factors that allow orthoses to work effectively.
  35. Identify the most common orthosis used to treat wrist; fractures, instability, arthritis, and cumulative trauma disorders.