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Occupational Therapy Program

Continuing Education                                   


Management of Common Hand Problems for the Non-Specialized OT



SUNY Downstate Medical Center
450 Clarkson Avenue, Room 743
Brooklyn, NY 11203

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

This full-day session will address 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 demonstrations and problem-solving via the use of case studies.

SUNY Downstate Medical Center's Occupational Therapy Program is an AOTA Approved Single Course Provider for this presentation. This course offers 7 contact hours please check NBCOT criteria when converting contact hours to Professional Development Units (PDU).

Event Details:

  • Registration Deadline: TBD
  • Registration Fee: Registration will be limited, to maximize interaction between instructor and participants.

Course Schedule:

8:00 - 8:30 AM Registration check-in
8:30-8:45 Pre-test
8:45 - 9:15 Hand and thumb anatomy review
9:15 - 10:15 OA & the thumb: medical/surgical management and its' impact on therapy
10:15 - 10:30 Break
10:30 - 12:00 PM Evaluation and treatment of thumb OA, including post-op arthroplasty treatment and splinting demonstration
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

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 call (718) 270-7730.

Refund Policy:

Cancellation by provider will result in full refund to participants. Cancellation by participant, in writing, prior to March 15, will result in a full refund; cancellation by participant on/after 3/15 will result in forfeiture of registration fee; however, participant will be able to apply this registration fee to another program (if available) at the SUNY Downstate OT Program for a period of one (1) year from date of this presentation.

Registration Form:

Check back January 2015


Management of Common Hand Problems for the Non-Specialized OT