This intermediate-level course provides rehabilitation practitioners with a detailed overview of the pathophysiology and mechanics of the joints of the hand of those diagnosed with osteoarthritis (OA). Both occupational therapists (OTs) and physical therapists (PT) are trained initially as generalists in understanding the signs and symptoms of OA, the functional implications of the condition, and basic methods of intervention. An intimate knowledge of this condition and its treatment, typically reserved for those who specialize in hand therapy, will become paramount for generalists, too. With an aging American population, and based on the percentage of older adults affected, will come an increase in the number of individuals experiencing the signs, symptoms, and occupational disruptions associated with OA. The focused content on hand and wrist OA offered in this course provides the practitioner with the tools needed to assist clients in decreasing pain and deformity, while enhancing function. The course offers practitioners in-depth knowledge of several of the most common medical and evidence-based treatments, and it provides instruction for the application of techniques in evaluation and intervention. These include specific interventions, physical agent modalities, orthoses (splints), adaptive equipment, and joint protection to allow clients to engage in meaningful daily occupations.
Course Goals & Objectives:
Course Outcomes: At the end of this webinar course the participant will be able to:
- Recognize the etiology and pathophysiology of osteoarthritis (OA) of the hand and wrist.
- Explain the process and criteria for reaching a clinical diagnosis of OA.
- Identify the goals and treatment options for managing OA.
- Determine an occupational therapy intervention plan for management and treatment of OA of the proximal and distal finger joints.
- Differentiate an occupational therapy intervention plan for the management and treatment of OA of the carpometacarpal thumb joint.
- Construct an occupational therapy intervention plan for the management and treatment of OA of the wrist
Text courses are viewed on your web browser if the online version is purchased, or sent via mail if the physical copy is purchased.
Contact Hours: 2 contact hour in length (check your state’s approval status in the state specific course catalog for your profession).
Target Audience: Physical Therapist, Physical Therapist Assistant, Occupational Therapist, Occupational Therapist Assistant
Instructional Level: Intermediate
Criteria for Completion: Depending on your state requirements you will be asked to complete either: An affirmation that you have completed the educational activity or a mandatory test (a passing score of 75 percent is required). Test questions link content to learning objectives as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention. Scores of less than 70% indicate a failure to understand the material and the test will need to be taken again until a passing score has been achieved.
Financial – Erin K. Peterson received payment from Colibri Healthcare LLC for the presentation of this course.
Nonfinancial - no relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.
No relevant conflicts of interest exist for any member of the activity planning committee.
Content Disclosure: This course does not focus solely on any specific product or service
Cancellation Policy: For activity cancellation, returns, or complaint resolution, please contact us by email firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 1.800.55.4CEUS (2387). We have a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Refunds will be issued for courses that have not been completed (exam not taken), or for any course that has been rejected by your board of approval. Webinar attendance must be canceled 24 hours before the scheduled start time.