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Introduction to Hand Therapy: Evaluation & Treatment On-Site Training

This on-site training class is also available as Public Schedule Seminar.

This is a comprehensive, practical, and nonintimidating program designed for the clinician who is interested in pursuing hand therapy or is new to the field.

Course Description/Agenda

This is a comprehensive, practical, and non-intimidating program designed for the clinician who is interested in pursuing hand therapy or is new to the field. This course takes an in depth look at the management of common upper extremity diagnosis integrating anatomy and pathology with the evaluation and treatment process. Topics covered include static and dynamic splinting, manual therapy, modalities, edema management, sensibility, ROM, home program development and proper documentation.

Course Objectives

  • Understand the proper procedures for the basic upper extremity evaluations including ROM, rapid grip, edema, sensibility, and proper documentation
  • Be able to identify signs and symptoms for a variety of diagnoses related to the upper extremity including nerve compression, DeQuervains, Dupuytren’s Contracture, and Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy.
  • Understand the indications and contra-indications for the use of modalities such as ultrasound, fluidotherapy, whirlpool, paraffin, and iontophoresis.
  • Be able to identify appropriate static and dynamic splints for the treatment of various upper extremity problems including splint wearing schedule, indications, and contra-indications.
  • Be able to select and prioritize treatment options and develop effective home programs to reduce the number of necessary therapy sessions.
  • Improve documentation of evaluation results and therapy progress for reimbursement purposes.
  • Become familiar with several techniques to assess the “noncompliant patient”.
  • Be able to identify the “warning signs” of Reflex sympathetic Dystrophy as early interventions may prevent further development of symptoms.

Course Agenda/Schedule


8:00 Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 Upper Extremity Anatomy : bones, joints, ligaments, tendons and nerves.

9:00 Upper Extremity Evaluation: ROM, Motor strength, Sensibility, Edema, Patient’s history, interview

10:45 Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
...including evaluation, modalities, splinting, scar management, rehab programs, ergonomic suggestions for work / home

12:00 Lunch (On your own)

1:00 Ligament Instability
-Gamekeeper’s Thumb
-Volar plate injury (PIP joint)
-Collateral ligament tear
-Carpal ligament instability & TFCC
...splinting and home exercise program

2:45 Fracture Management and Rehab
-Finger (distal, middle, proximal phalanges)
-Metacarpal, Carpal, & Radius/Ulna
...splinting, edema control, wound care, precautions, appropriate modalities & strengthening following casting, open reduction, and external fixation techniques.

5:30 Questions and Adjourn


8:00 Flexor tendon zone repair and rehab
s/p tenolysis extensor tendon laceration, repair, and rehab

10:30 Arthritis: Thumb CMC (pre and post)
-Rheumatoid Arthritis: management and rehab
-Flexor tenosynovitis
-Extensor tenosynovitis
-Trigger thumb / finger
-MP joint arthroplasties (implants)

12:00 Lunch (On your own)

1:00 Dequervains (pre and post)
-Wrist ganglion
-Dupuytren’s contracture

2:45    Crush injuries
-Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
-”The Stiff Hand”
-Nerve laceration (radial, median, ulnar, and digital nerves)

5:00 Questions and Adjourn


Kim Townsend, OTR/L, CHT, M.S. is a private practice hand therapist at the Raleigh Hand Center in Raleigh, NC. Mrs. Townsend brings with her 25 years of experience in the treatment of orthopedic and upper extremity conditions. She earned her MS Degree in Occupational Therapy in 1981 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her Certification in Hand Therapy in 1992. Throughout her career she has developed and presented hundreds of seminars and workshops across the United States in the areas of hand therapy protocols, evaluation techniques, the use of modalities and static/dynamic splinting. She has held adjunct faculty positions in the division of Occupational Science at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and Durham Technical Community College. Additionally, she has completed the development of a series of splinting workshops to be used to educate therapists throughout Europe.

Robert M. Schneider, OTR/L, CHT is a Senior Hand Therapist at Bethesda Hand Rehab in Cincinnati, OH. Mr. Schneider brings with him 25 years of experience in the treatment of orthopedic and upper extremity conditions. He earned his degree in Occupational Therapy in 1981 from SUNY at Buffalo and his Certification in Hand Therapy in 1992. Bob is an accomplished clinician, instructor and author in the field of upper extremity management having held adjunct teaching positions at Loma Linda University, The University at Buffalo, Medical University of South Carolina. Bob is an experienced educator presenting continuing education seminars nationally on splinting, RSI/CTD management, peripheral nerve injuries and scar/wound management over the past 13 years.

Educational Credit

A certificate of attendance for 15 Contact Hours (17 in FL & WA) will be awarded to each participant. This course has been submitted to the State Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Boards in which the seminar is being held, if prior approval is required. CA Board of OT Advanced Practice Approved NATA Board of Certification, Inc. Approved Provider # P-2563 AOTA Approved Provider of Continuing Education # 3073 The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsements of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA

Participants' Comments

“I am ABSOLUTELY IMPRESSED with this course”

“BEST CONTINUING ED COURSE I’ve ever attended”

“Every therapist should be required to have this info.”

“GREAT -non-intimidating information with lots of info.”

“I enjoyed the DOWN-TO-EARTH style & the encouragement to all who are interested to pursue hand therapy.”


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