Description

EIM’s Management of the Wrist, Forearm, and Hand course is designed to enhance the participant’s knowledge and skills in the evidence-based management of individuals with wrist, forearm, and hand disorders and dysfunction. This lab-intensive course focuses on clinical reasoning and hands-on skill development necessary to effectively evaluate and treat and variety of wrist, forearm, and hand conditions. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of anatomy and pathology of the wrist, forearm, and hand, as well as learn a variety of evidence-based evaluation and treatment techniques for both conservative and post-operative care including, but not limited to mobilizations, taping, strength and stability exercises, and orthotic fabrication.

Approach

This course is delivered in a blended learning fashion, combining online and on-site learning experiences to facilitate participant learning. An interactive and media-rich online precourse is provided to participants 30 days in advance of an intensive 2-day on-site laboratory weekend. The online precourse provides an evidence-based overview of the management of wrist, forearm, and hand disorders using a series of web-based video presentations, key evidence summaries and primary research articles. The on-site lab intensive weekend provides participants with hands-on demonstration and practice of selected examination and treatment techniques for the wrist, forearm, and hand. The course will have a student to faculty ratio of no greater than 18:1. An online post-test and on-site skill assessment are used to reinforce course objectives and assess learning. Successful completion of this course requires 80% or higher on post-test, skills assessment and attendance at each onsite day

Target Audience: Intermediate level course open to licensed physical therapists and occupational therapists

Credits: 24 contact hours (8 online and 16 on-site) from EIM Institute of Health Professions

EIM Program Applicability: None. This course must be taken in conjunction with an 8-week online management course to earn constructive credit towards EIM’s Certificate for Advanced Practice in Hand Therapy.

Prerequisites: None

Appropriate dress: Participants are asked to bring appropriate attire for lab sessions (i.e. t-shirts and sports bras for women) and air-conditioned environments throughout the day (i.e. warm-up or work-out clothes).

Objectives

At the end of this course students will be able to:

1. Locate and discuss appropriate wrist, forearm, and hand anatomy and pathology,
2. Perform comprehensive evaluations of the wrist, forearm, and hand to determine the cause of dysfunction,
3. Select appropriate special tests to evaluate for a variety of wrist, forearm, and hand diagnoses,
4. Discuss evidence-based treatments for conservative care of a variety of wrist, forearm, and hand injuries,
5. Understand the precautions and evidence-based care of post-operative treatment,
6. Demonstrate splinting and appropriate immobilization and progression of chronic and acute wrist, forearm, and hand diagnoses.

 

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