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Course Description

This course utilizes content from the textbook “Rehabilitation for the Postsurgical Orthopedic Patient” Third Edition by Lisa Maxey, MS, PT and Jim Magnusson, MS, PT, ATC © 2013, published by Elsevier.

Instructional Level: Beginner to Intermediate

With detailed descriptions of orthopedic surgeries, this updated course provides current, evidence-based guidelines for designing optimal rehabilitation strategies.  Coverage of each condition includes an overview of the orthopedic patient’s entire course of treatment from before to after surgery.  For each phase of rehabilitation, you will find a postoperative timeline, followed by goals, potential complications and precautions, and appropriate therapeutic procedures.Throughout this course you can expect coverage of current orthopedic surgeries and rehabilitation topics such as disc replacement, cartilage replacement hallux valgus, and transitioning of the running athlete.  Illustrations offer clear depictions of concepts, procedures and rehabilitation.  Guidance for patients returning home as well as case studies that assists with the development of critical reasoning skills.  Troubleshooting sections detail potential pitfalls in the recovery from each orthopedic surgery. This course is designed to first help each professional understand the surgeries, then design effective, evidence-based rehabilitation programs.

To better meet your professional needs, this fully illustrated text of 650 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 2:  The Elbow and Hand

Chapter 8:  Extensor Release and Lateral Epicondylectomy
Chapter 9:  Reconstruction of the Ulnar Collateral Ligament
Chapter 10:  Clinical Applications for Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy
Chapter 11:  Surgery and Rehabilitation for Primary Flexor Tendon Repair in the Digit
Chapter 12:  Carpal Tunnel Release
Chapter 13:  Transitioning the Athlete Back to the Field

Module Goals

Course Goals:This course is intended to instruct the professional through a self-paced study of the Postsurgical Rehabilitation of The Elbow and Hand.

Professional Learning Objectives

  1. Define lateral epicondylitis or tennis elbow.
  2. Identify therapy guidelines during Phase l following surgical intervention of lateral epicondylitis.
  3. Discuss the ligamentous structures of the elbow.
  4. Discuss the bundles of the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL).
  5. Identify the muscles that play a primary role in hand wrist function.
  6. Discuss surgical reconstruction of the UCL and when it is indicated.
  7. Recognize the complications associated with compression wraps that are too tight and ill-fitting braces.
  8. Explain the intermediate phase of rehabilitation following UCL reconstruction.
  9. Identify the most common complication after UCL reconstruction.
  10. Understand ulnar neuropathy.
  11. Discuss the role of platelet rich plasma therapy in tissue healing.
  12. Demonstrate knowledge in procedural technique for platelet rich plasma (PRP) delivery.
  13. List the stages of tendon healing.
  14. Identify when tendon repairs should be done.
  15. Recognize the therapy guidelines for flexor tendon repair.
  16. Understand the goals of the late phase of immobilization.
  17. Discuss the immediate passive-flexion approach.
  18. Discuss when exercises should be performed in therapy and at home.
  19. Identify when advancement to resistance is delayed after the repair of a flexor tendon.
  20. Recognize the most common entrapment neuropathy of the upper extremity (UE).
  21. Discuss a common postoperative complication after carpal tunnel surgery.
  22. Demonstrate knowledge in performing a grip test following a carpel tunnel release.
  23. Explain the importance of the assessment of the athlete's overall physical condition.
  24. Explain the role of isotonic exercises in developing core strength.
  25. Recognize the contribution of plyometric exercises during rehabilitation.
  26. Understand the phases of throwing and pitching motion.
  27. Explain proper warm-up before beginning to throw.
  28. Demonstrate knowledge in the hand towel drill.