AOTA/Dynamic-Hand & Upper Extremity Essentials 2.0: The Fundamentals
By Wendy Hoogsteden, MHS, OTR/L
Earn .7 AOTA CEUs (8.75 PDUs/7 contact hours)
This course provides beginner to advanced OT practitioners with information on the anatomy and kinesiology of the upper quarter. You will learn neuroanatomy concepts as related to hand and upper extremity rehabilitation. The course covers basic theory and application of physical agent modalities (PAMs) used in physical agent modalities (PAMs) used in upper extremity rehabilitation as well as an overview of splinting of the upper extremity.
This course is designed to provide novice therapists and seasoned clinicians alike with:
•Knowledge about the anatomy and kinesiology of the upper quarter.
•An overview of neuroanatomy of an upper extremity rehabilitation and its relationship to hand and upper extremity rehabilitation.
•Basic theory and application of physical agent modalities (PAMs) used in upper extremity rehabilitation.
•It also provides an overview of splinting of the upper extremity and its relationship to hand and upper extremity rehabilitation and addresses the impact of selected pathological processes on hand and upper extremity rehabilitation.
The course is comprised of 3 parts:
•PART A: Anatomy and NeuroAnatomy
•PART B: Clinical Guidelines for the Evaluation of the Upper Extremity
•PART C: Therapeutic Agents
Upon completion of this course, the learner will:
- Identify anatomy of the healthy upper extremity and its relationship to human function.
- Explain basic kinesiological concepts related to performance of daily living tasks.
- Describe the coordinated interaction of intrinsic structures that allow complex hand function.
- Discuss treatment protocols for various nerve injuries.
- Describe the basic neuroanatomy and physiology of the central nervous system and peripheral nervous system (upper extremity).
- Differentiate clinical manifestations of upper extremity nerve injuries.
- Identify anatomical structures of the shoulder.
- Describe clinical signs and symptoms of rotator cuff disorders, impingement, and dislocation of the shoulder.
- Explain intervention for disorders of the shoulder, impingement and dislocations.
- Identify anatomical structures of the elbow.
•Describe intervention for elbow dislocations, capsulotomy/capsulectomy, total elbow replacement, bursitis, heterotopic ossification, and soft tissue pathologies.
- Identify examples of common manual tests used to evaluate elbow function and the implications to plan of care (POC).
- Identify anatomical structures of the wrist.
- Describe interventions for various disorders of the wrist including malunions, distal radius fractures, scaphoid fractures, lunate fractures, and triangular fibrocartilage disorders.
- Identify specific tests used to differentiate pathologies of the wrist/hand complex.
- Explain procedures for use of specific physical agent modalities.
- Describe the benefits, advantages, disadvantages, and precautions when using physical agent modalities of heat, cold, ultrasound, phonophoresis, electrotherapy, iontophoresis, and biofeedback.
- Describe types of and characteristics of splinting materials.
- Discuss the anatomical and biomechanical principles of splinting.
- Choose appropriate splint for a patient in need.
Wendy Hoogsteden, MHS, OTR/L obtained her degrees from the University of Florida and has been an Occupational Therapist for 19 years.
She has clinical practice experience in specialty areas including burns and low vision, and has practiced in settings including acute and subacute care, outpatient rehabilitation, skilled nursing, behavioral health and home health care. She has taught and lectured at Shands Hospital, Gainesville, FL and in community settings.
Additional experience includes practice as a Certified Personal Conditioning Trainer and Community Health and Wellness Educator with specialty credentials in geriatrics, special needs and post-rehabilitation clientele.