Upper Extremity Evaluation and Treatment: Wrist and Hand, 5/21/2024

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About the Course
This course is designed to give a thorough review of anatomy and physiology of the wrist and hand. Along with learning the anatomy, goniometry and manual muscle testing will be covered. The most common diagnoses affecting the upper extremities will then be studied in detail, taking you from causes, evaluation, treatment, home exercise program recommendations, and precautions. The goal for this course is for the healthcare professional to be able to evaluate their patient and treat them so they get the most optimal functional outcome and are able to return to their valued activities while being properly educated and protected by their advocate and therapist. Current research in terms of recent conservative and surgical techniques is also discussed to provide the therapist with understanding of most up to date findings.

Learning Outcomes
  • Identify Anatomy and physiology of the wrist complex as well as proper technique of Manual Muscle Testing (MMT) and positioning of the goniometer for Range of Motion (ROM).
  • Recognize causes/risk factors, evaluation methods, treatment techniques, precautions and current research for the following conditions of the wrist complex: wrist fracture, carpal tunnel syndrome (conservative and surgical interventions), thoracic outlet syndrome, flexor and extensor tendon repair.
  • Identify the Anatomy and Physiology of the hand complex including identifying landmarks of the hand, proper technique of Manual Muscle Testing (MMT) and positioning of the goniometer for Range of Motion (ROM).
  • Recognize causes/risk factors, evaluation methods, treatment techniques, precautions and current research for the following conditions of the hand complex: nerve injuries (including classification) for radial, median and ulnar nerve, scaphoid fractures, SLL tear, TFCC tear, RCL and UCL tears, Boxer’s fracture, and Trigger Finger.
About the Author
Cynthia Diaz graduated from Florida International University where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Masters degree in Occupational Therapy in 2007. Cynthia gained a great deal experience in evaluating and treating common orthopedic issues while working for an orthopedic clinic at the National Training Center in Clermont, Florida. In 2013 she relocated to Arizona with her small family and has continued to further her knowledge base through study, continuing education courses and continues to treat patients through home visits. Cynthia is married and has two small children. 

How to Receive Credit
  • Read the entire course online or in print.
  • Answer the final examination questions at the end of the course. A passing grade of 70% is required. Test questions link content to learning objectives as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention.
  • Provide required personal information and payment information.
  • Complete the mandatory course evaluation.
  • Print your Certificate of Completion.
Resolution of Conflict of Interest
Colibri Healthcare, LLC implemented mechanisms prior to the planning and implementation of the continuing education activity, to identify and resolve conflicts of interest for all individuals in a position to control content of the course activity.

Sponsorship/Commercial Support and Non-Endorsement
It is the policy of Colibri not to accept commercial support. Furthermore, commercial interests are prohibited from distributing or providing access to this activity to learners.

Disclaimer
The information provided in this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.

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