4 Contact Hours

The shoulder positions the hand in space, allowing it to interact with the environment. The elbow directs and facilitates this hand movement by flexion/extension and forearm rotation which allows the hand to assume various functional positions to achieve ADLs as well as work and leisure activities. This course provides a brief, but thorough, discussion of the anatomy, diagnoses, evaluation tips, pathology, timelines, non-operative and operative treatment, precautions, concerns, discussions with clients about the injury and exercise, as well as clinical “Pearls” and “Tips from the Field” for each of the following five elbow diagnoses: Distal Humeral Fractures, Proximal Ulnar Fractures, Radial Head Fractures, and Distal biceps Tendon Injury. Course includes three case studies detailing evaluation, treatment and results of various conditions.

Audience: OT, COTA, PT, PTA

Skill Level: Basic to Intermediate

Contact Hours: 4

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 the anatomical features of the elbow
  2. Identify the most common elbow diagnoses and indicators.
  3. Outline the nonsurgical plan of treatment for each diagnosis.
  4. Identify precautions in treatment for each diagnosis.
  5. Discuss the timeline for recovery or maximum restoration of function.

Here is the course outline:

1. Introduction

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2. Course Objectives - Fundamentals of Hand Therapy: Treating Common Elbow Diagnosis

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3. Coursework - Fundamentals of Hand Therapy: Common Elbow Diagnosis

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4. Course Final and Survey - Fundamentals of Hand Therapy: Treating Common Elbow Diagnosis

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The following certificates are awarded when the course is completed:

Certificate of Completion