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Course Description

This course utilizes content from the textbook “Movement System Impairment Syndromes of the Extremities, Cervical and Thoracic Spines” by Shirley Sahrmann, Pt, PhD, FAPTA and associates © 2011, published by Elsevier.

Instructional Level: Beginner to Intermediate

Extensively illustrated and evidence based, this text provides an organized and structured method to help you analyze the mechanical causes of movement system impairment syndromes, determine the contributing factors, and plan strategy for management that is specific to the extremities, cervical and thoracic spines

Throughout the course you will find detailed, clear explanations covering the initial examination, exercise principles, specific corrective exercises, and the modification of functional activities.  Included are illustrations – plus tables and summary boxes- highlighting essential concepts and procedures.  Also, you can expect case studies throughout the course that illustrate the clinical reasoning used in managing musculoskeletal pain.

To better meet your professional needs, this fully illustrated text of 509 pages has been carefully broken down by sections into 4 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. 

What you can expect from each Module:

Module Description

Included in Module 3: 
Chapter 5:  Movement System Syndromes of the Hand and Wrist

Module Goals

Course Goals: This course is intended to instruct the professional through a self-paced study on Movement  System Impairment Syndromes of the Hand and Wrist.

Professional Learning Objectives

1.    Discuss movement system syndromes of the hand and wrist.
2.    Identify the factors that influence movement system impairments.
3.    Recognize normal alignment of the hand at rest.
4.    Identify the approximate full range of wrist flexion.
5.    Understand normal wrist motions.
6.    Demonstrate knowledge of proper treatment of immobile or adhered scar.
7.    Understand exercise of the hand in the treatment of a scar.
8.    Discuss the disadvantages of using a sling during exercise for scar treatment and edema.
9.    Identify the impairments to be noted during the assessment of the quality of active finger and thumb flexion and extension.
10.  Explain possible sources of symptoms for syndromes of the hand.
11.  Discuss functional activities of the hand and wrist.
12.  Recognize the muscular actions of the hand and wrist.
13.  Identify the intrinsic muscles of the fingers.
14.  Define insufficient finger and/or thumb flexion syndrome.
15.  Demonstrate knowledge in the interossei muscle strength test.
16.  Understand the length test of adductor pollicis.
17.  Identify the principal impairment of insufficient thumb palmar abduction and/or opposition syndrome.
18.  Demonstrate knowledge in insufficient finger and/or thumb extension syndrome.
19.  Discuss symptoms associated with a median nerve injury.
20.  Recognize the usefulness of the Swanson's crank and grind test.
21.  Identify the common patient complaint for finger (or thumb) flexion syndrome with rotation.
22.  Understand the implications usually associated with regional impairment of the hand.
23.  Recognize the general treatment guidelines for treatment of ligament tissue.
24.  Discuss static progressive splints.
25.  Discuss zones one through four that can be affected by insufficient finger and/or thumb extension syndrome.
26.  Identify the main purpose for a splint with treatment of opposition syndrome.
27.  Discuss thumb carpometacarpal accessory hypermobility syndrome.
28.  Recognize exercises for treatment of Finger (or Thumb) Flexion Syndrome with Rotation.
29.  Understand the general hand impairment treatment guidelines.
30.  Discuss when a patient should expect a significant decrease in pain following a hand surgery.
31.  Identify the key to a good outcome of the hand following rehabilition.