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Occupational Therapy Program

 Management of Common Hand Problems for the Non-Specialized OT  


                                                                                             FEBRUARY 28, 2016


Course Provider: SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Location: Health Science Education Building – OT Classroom, E743

395 Lenox Road

Brooklyn, NY 11203

Instructor:  Joan Murray OTR, CHT,
Clinical Assistant Professor, SUNY Downstate Medical Center

This full-day session addresses evaluation and treatment of common hand diagnoses and problems.  It is designed for the new practitioner who wants to learn more about hand therapy, as well as for the more experienced therapist without hand therapy experience or as a refresher course in the management of common hand problems. The course will include anatomy review, splinting demonstration, splint fabrication and problem-solving via the use of case studies.  Registration will be limited to maximize interaction of instructor and participants.




Course Schedule  

8:00-8:30 Registration check-in

8:30-8:45 Pre-test

8:45-9:15 Hand and thumb anatomy review

9:15-10:15 OA & RA: medical/surgical management & OT interventions

10:15-10:30 Break

10:30-11:15 Diabetic neuropathies – impact on function; OT interventions

11:15-12:00 Splinting demonstration – splints for OA, RA & diabetic neuropathies

12:00-12:30 Lunch (bring lunch; light refreshments provided)

12:30-1:00 Wrist anatomy review

1:00-2:30 Ligament injuries: triangular fibrocartilage complex; thumb collateral ligament injuries evaluation & treatment, including splinting demonstrations/special considerations

2:30-2:45 Break

2:45-4:15 Splinting lab; each participant fabricates one of the demonstrated splints

4:15-4:30 Questions/wrap-up/Post-test

Pre-Test passing grade is 75%; Post-Test passing grade is 80%.


Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this course, learners will be able to: 1) describe the interplay of non-surgical/surgical approaches and therapy evaluation and intervention with regard to clients with OA & RA; 2) describe the functional issues most frequently encountered by persons with diabetic neuropathies, TFCC and thumb ligament injuries; 3) identify appropriate methods of evaluating and treating clients with diabetic neuropathies, TFCC and thumb ligament injuries with regard to UE function and ADL; 4) identify methods of integrating post-surgical and other precautions into ADL performance; 5) identify  appropriate types of orthoses to facilitate function and ADL and performance; 6) fabricate a splint of their choice, related to one of the conditions/diagnoses address in this course, including accurate verbal self-critique of splint with course instructor.




Lunch:  Lunch is not provided.  In order to maximize educational value to registrants, a half-hour lunch period is scheduled; therefore, please bring lunch (refrigeration available). Refreshments will be provided at lunch and during scheduled breaks.

Special needs/requests: SUNY Downstate Medical Center is a public university and is ADA accessible and compliant.  If you have a special need or request, please contact the course presenter, Joan Murray 718-270-7752 or the OT Program Office 718-270-7730 ,

by email at:  

Questions?  Call or email: Joan Murray OTR
, CHT (718) 270-7752 or joan.murray OR call the OT Program office (718) 270-7730