This is a comprehensive, practical, and non-intimidating program designed for the clinician who is interested in pursuing hand therapy or is new to the field.
This course will provide participants with essential tools for examination and evaluation of gait in adults with neurological injury or disease, with the end goal of determining appropriate therapeutic interventions and/or orthotic management to maximize gait recovery. Stroke will be the diagnosis emphasized in the course because of its prevalence, but the course will also address gait dysfunction and recovery in spinal cord injury, Parkinson ’s disease, multiple sclerosis, peripheral neuropathy, and other neuromuscular disorders. Common gait deviations and trends in gait recovery will be discussed. Evidence based activity, exercise, and orthotic interventions specific to the rehabilitation and recovery of gait will be presented. Participants will have opportunities to see and handle orthotic examples and practice application of information through video and paper patient cases.
This course is designed to present an anatomical and biomechanical basis for rehabilitation of the shoulder and the elbow. Normal anatomy and biomechanics form the basis for understanding the pathomechanics of musculoskeletal dysfunction of the shoulder and elbow. Integration of both joints for normal function will be reviewed. Treatment planning will include consideration of joint arthrology and accessory movements, exercise strategies, functional retraining and incorporation of physical agents and splinting/bracing.