Hand and carpal fractures are common in outpatient therapy clinics but require unique understanding and finesse by the clinician.  Intricate anatomy and reactive tissues create a challenging clinical picture.  Learn hand therapy principles and pearls to protect healing fractures, reduce stiffness, and manage scar tissue. Gain confidence reading xrays, discussing splinting, and prescribing home programs for your hand and carpal fracture patients.

Level of Instruction:  Intermediate


Course Objectives

  • Identify the two mechanisms of bone healing
  • Identify common phalanx, metacarpal, and carpal fractures on XRay
  • Identify hand AROM and PROM techniques to restore motion
  • Identify hand AROM and PROM techniques to restore motion

Course Agenda

  • Fracture Healing : Primary vs. Secondary
  • Stable vs. Unstable Fractures
  • Normal vs. Positive Hand and Carpal Xrays
  • Hand Therapy Principles: Immobilization, Edema Control, Active vs. Passive Motion, Scar Management
  • Special Characteristics of Phalanx, Metacarpal, and Carpal Fractures
  • Considerations for Pediatric and Osteoporotic Hand Fractures
  • Emergency: Hand Compartment Syndrome


  • Kim Kraft, PT, DPT, CHT

Kim Kraft, PT, DPT, CHT A graduate of the College of William and Mary with a BS in Biology, Kim earned her MPT and DPT from Emory University.  Currently, Kim is a staff therapist at the Hand to Shoulder Therapy Center, Indianapolis Indiana.  Prior to her position at the hand center, she practiced at Princeton University and Hamilton Physical Therapy in New Jersey.  Kim enjoys sharing clinical experiences with other therapists as an enthusiastic volunteer for both the Education Division of the American Society of Hand Therapists and the Hand Section of the APTA, and as an active member of the American Society of Shoulder and Elbow Therapists.


Contact Hours: 1.5

Price: $49


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