3 Contact Hours

This course addresses treatment concepts and techniques of hand therapy and offers ideas to promote clinical reasoning. This entry-level course is appropriate for occupational and physical therapists and assistants who treat the upper extremity.

Audience: OT, COTA, PT, PTA

Skill Level: Entry-Level

Contact Hours: 3

The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA 

Teaching Methods: Course content includes text from, "Fundamentals of Hand Therapy: Clinical reasoning and treatment guidelines for common diagnoses of the upper extremity (2007)" Edited by Cynthia Cooper, MFA, MA, OTR/L, CHT - Copyright 2009 Elsevier, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Used with Permission.

Criteria for Passing: Each learner must complete all learning activities/handouts and pass a final exam to receive credit.

Course Objectives:

By the end of this course, each learner will be able to:

  1. Identify and discuss three phases of tissue healing.
  2. Identify and discuss four different types of tightness impeding hand function.
  3. Administer appropriate range of motion to the hand.
  4. Discuss basic splinting concepts.
  5. Discuss different types of exercise prescriptions and when each are indicated.
  6. Identify and discuss at least 10 different treatment tips.

Here is the course outline:

1. Introduction

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2. Course Objectives - Introduction to Hand Therapy

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3. Coursework - Introduction to Hand Therapy

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4. Course Final and Survey - Introduction to Hand Therapy

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The following certificates are awarded when the course is completed:

Certificate of Completion