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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 4:

Chapter 25:  Wrist Fractures
Chapter 26:  Wrist Instabilities
Chapter 27:  Hand Fractures
Chapter 28:  Elbow, Wrist, and Hand Tendinopathies
Chapter 29:  Finger Sprains and Deformities
Chapter 30:  Flexor Tendon Injury
Chapter 31:  Extensor Tendon Injury

Module Goals

Course Goals:This course is intended to instruct the professional through a self-paced study of Wrist and Hand Fractures, Wrist Instability, Tendonopathies, Tendon Injuries, and Finger Sprains and Deformities.

Professional Learning Objectives

  1. Discuss general timelines and healing for wrist fractures.
  2. Recognize the shaft of a long bone.
  3. List common forearm/wrist fractures.
  4. Identify a dislocation or loss of contact between bones of the distal carpal row over the proximal carpal row in relation to the radioulnar joint.
  5. Define dorsal ligaments.
  6. Discuss carpal instability dissociative.
  7. Explain dart throwing motion (DTM).
  8. Identify the ability to accurately reproduce a specific joint angle.
  9. Recognize the purpose of unconscious neuromuscular rehabilitation.
  10. List rehabilitation strategies in wrist proprioceptive reduction.
  11. Identify rehabilitation concepts based on carpal instability patterns.
  12. Explain lunotriquetral instability.
  13. Identify the test that is considered positive if a painful clunk occurs that reproduces the patient’s symptoms.
  14. Recognize the orthosis design limits radio-ulnar motion while allowing functional flexion and extension of the wrist.
  15. Discuss the general timelines and healing of hand fractures.
  16. List upper extremity based, reliable, and valid outcome measures available for therapist use.
  17. Explain metacarpal anatomy.
  18. Identify a metacarple fracture that occurs at the thumb metacarple base.
  19. Understand how orthotic fitting places the hand in intrinsic plus position.
  20. Explain when a digit adjacent to the injured one becomes stiff, swollen, and painful despite not having injury.
  21. Discuss a continuous distraction force distal to a comminuted fracture that results in an approximation of the fracture fragments.
  22. List regional deforming forces and common patterns of fracture malunion.
  23. Recognize anavulsion of the FDP occurs when a flexed digit is forcibly extended.
  24. Identify the term thatdescribes the pathologic alterations seen in the tissue of clients diagnosed as having tendonitis.
  25. Discuss lateral epicondyle of the humerus.
  26. Explain De Quervain’s disease.
  27. Identify the proactive tests for FCR tendinitis.
  28. Recognize the condition when the client is unable to actively extend the mallet finger.
  29. Discuss a boutonniere deformity.
  30. Identify the deformity that the finger postures with PIP hyperextension and DIP flexion.
  31. Discuss thumb metacarpophalangeal joint injury.
  32. Explain flexor tendons.
  33. Define bowstringing.
  34. Explain injuries in zones V, VI, and VII.