Susan Weiss, OTR/L, CHT
Author and co-founder of Exploring Hand Therapy, Inc.
Earn: .2 AOTA CEUs (2.5 NBCOT PDUs/2 contact hours)
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This course reviews pathomechanics, surgery, and therapy intervention for distal radius fractures. In addition, it addresses complications related to the distal radius fracture and how to address them. An understanding of the wrist anatomy, biomechanics, and kinesiology is helpful when viewing this course. Instructional methods include PowerPoint presentation, lecture, and video to enhance understanding.
1. Identify the anatomical structures of the distal radius to include the ulnar side of the wrist.
2. Identify common classifications and fracture patterns for distal radius fractures.
3. Differentiate the surgical procedures that can be used to treat distal radius fractures.
4. Recognize the principles of adequate reduction required to restore normal anatomy.
5. Identify amount of motion needed for function and specific exercises to address motion deficits.
6. Identify strength exercises that are applicable to clinical use after distal radius fractures.
7. Differentiate various complications of the distal radius fracture and suggested treatment interventions.
8. Differentiate the various salvage procedures utilized after malunion of the distal radius occur.
Learning level: Intermediate
AOTA category: OT Process: intervention; Domain: Client factors