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Right Hand Therapy offers courses using a hands-on, experiential learning approach.  Our live seminars allow participants to observe, engage, interact, and influence their educational process, while our webinars allow participants to learn from the comfort of their own home. Check out our 2018 course offerings below!

Download 2018 course offerings brochure:  2018 Course Offerings Brochure

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Physical Agent Modalities (PAMs) for Occupational Therapy Practitioners: Preparation for Certification

Saturday/Sunday, September 15 & 16, 2018, 8:00am – 5:00pm

(Registration is closed for the June 9 & 10 course)

Download Course Brochure:   PAMs brochure Sept 2018

Location: 670 North Commercial Street, Suite 301, Manchester, NH 03101
Course Cost: $475 for Certification Course, $325-$375 for 2-day Live Workshop only
CEUs: Attendees earn 16-24 continuing education contact hours for this course (24 hours includes web based learning component, 16 hours is for 2-day Live Workshop only)
Instructor: Willow Henry, PT, DPT, CWS, CLT    (Bio)
Target Audience: OTs, COTAs, but a great review for PTs, PTAs, and CHTs!
Testimonials: “Nice combination of lecture and hands on – liked the case studies” – Andrea B.

“I’m now confident to try modalities with my patients and potentially improve my outcomes” – Leah M.

“I like the hands on portion with the modalities and being able to have the instructors there to give feedback.”  – Carrie A.

“Exceeded my expectations – I learned SO much more than I thought.   I was doing a lot wrong! eek!”  – Amy G.

“Exceeded expectations – the total package of learning from background to parameters.  Loved the hands on and case studies.  I don’t know how PAMs could be exclusively online training.” – Melanie G.

“Very informative and helpful.  I am a hands on learner so having equipment to try – both for the learning and setup and experiencing the sensation of being the patient was invaluable!” – Lisa B.

Course Description

Physical agent modalities (PAMs) can be a valuable adjunct treatment to enhance outcomes of patients receiving therapy services.  This course is geared toward OT practitioners and aims to educate the therapist in how to incorporate safe and effective application of PAMs into their current clinical practice.  The certification course consists of a web-based component, and a 2-day live workshop for lab demonstration and practice opportunities.  This course follows NH state guidelines for PAMs certification including the required 15 hrs in electrical stimulation education, and 6 hours in ultrasound education (Note: participants will still have to complete supervision requirements following the course to apply for NH state PAMs certification).  Bonus material includes review of clinical application for heat and cold modalities.

Looking for just a refresher course?  Additional options include attending the 2-day live workshop only.  This option is recommended for therapists with previous PAMs experience only.

Course Objectives:

Following the course, participants will demonstrate knowledge of:

  • Physical Agent Modality (PAM) terminology
  • Biophysical principles of application of PAM
  • Physiologic response of tissue to application of PAM
  • Clinical use and parameters for application of PAM
  • Contraindications, precautions, and warnings for safe use of PAM
  • Modulation of parameters to modify desired effect of PAM
  • Safe use and maintenance of PAM equipment and topical medications
  • Patient education about PAM risks, benefits, and application
  • PAM selection and clinical rationale/indications for patients

What to expect:  Participants registered for the certification course will receive a packet in advance of the course which includes a PAMs textbook and study binder to maximize the learning process and assist with the web-based learning module. Participants must pass the post-test of this module before taking the live workshop*.  Participants registered for the 2-day live course, may chose to include the textbook option which will be provided at the live course.  Class size is limited to ensure ample opportunities for individual instruction and practice.

*Participants who are currently using PAMs in their practice may be able to take the web-based learning module after the live workshop.  Please email lisa@righthandtherapy.com for more details.

What to bring:  Please bring the materials from your packet (binder and textbook) each lab day.  Participants should dress comfortably, but in layers to permit access of pertinent UE anatomy (tank top, sports bra, sweatshirt, etc).  Please bring a towel, facecloth, and sheet each lab day.

Cancellation Policy: Right Hand Therapy reserves the right to reschedule a live workshop with fewer than 6 participants. In this event, a rescheduled workshop will be offered within 3 months of the originally scheduled date.  Right Hand Therapy is not responsible for any travel related expenses. Participants must also notify Right Hand Therapy regarding cancellation of registration no less than 21 days prior to the live course for a partial refund (less $175.00  for the web course and administrative fees.)

Course Location
Web Course Schedule

Cold Modalities

  • Physical Principles of Tissue Cooling
  • Types of Cold Modalities
  • Contraindications and Precautions
  • Clinical Indications/Applications/Decision Making

Heat Modalities

  • Physical Principles of Tissue Heating
  • Types of Heat Modalities
  • Contraindications and Precautions
  • Clinical Indications/Applications/Decision Making

Ultrasound

  • Physical Principles of Ultrasound
  • Thermal Effects
  • Subthermal Effects
  • Physiologic Response to Sound Waves
  • Contraindications and Precautions
  • Treatment Parameters
  • Application
  • Evidence
  • Alternative US Applications (phono, water)

Electrical Stimulation

  • Physical Principles of Electricity
  • Types of Waveforms and Currents
  • Physiologic Response to Electrical Current
  • Contraindications and Precautions
  • Types of Electrical Stimulation (NMES, HV, TENS, IFC)
  • Treatment Parameters
  • Application
  • Evidence
  • Iontophoresis

Clinical Indications/Decision Making for Use of PAMs

  • Pain
  • Loss of Motion
  • Strengthening
  • Tissue Healing (inflammation, wounds)
  • Edema
Live Workshop Schedule

Day 1

  • Ultrasound, Iontophoresis, TENS
  • Indications, Contraindications, Parameters
  • Application, Setup, Practice
  • Case Studies

Day 2

  • HVPC/HVGS, IFC, NMES, Combination Therapy
  • Indications, Contraindications, Parameters
  • Application, Setup, Practice
  • Case Studies

Simply, the Wrist: Simplifying the Wrist Complex

Saturday, October 20, 2018, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Download Course Brochure:  Simply the Wrist Brochure 2018

Location: **Note:  Location has been changed – New location:  MetroWest Medical Center MacPherson Hall, Medical Arts Building, 85 Lincoln St, Framingham, MA 01702
Course Cost: $240
CEUs: Attendees earn 8 continuing education contact hours for this course
Instructor: Lisa Owen, MS, OTR/L, CLT, CHT      Bio
Target Audience: OTs, COTAs, PTs, PTAs, and CHTs interested in hand therapy/wrist rehabilitation

Course Description

This course will provide the participant with exceptional hands-on learning about the carpal joints, pathology, evaluation and emerging concepts in conservative wrist rehabilitation interventions.  Understanding the wrist is complex – this presentation aims to simplify the learning process with the use of anatomical models and hands on practice opportunities.  It is important for the therapist to fully understand this joint’s complex biomechanics and sensorimotor system that impacts alignment and function.  Once this foundation has been established, participants will learn how to perform a basic clinical evaluation, and then learn how to create and execute an appropriate plan of care utilizing various fun, functional and evidenced-based treatment interventions.  There will be a hands-on splint fabrication demo/lab and participants will also receive a FREE carpal puzzle model as part of this course!

Course Objectives:

Following the course, participants will be able to:

  1.   Identify the major anatomical structures of the wrist and be able to recognize normal vs abnormal wrist biomechanics.
  2. Explain the importance of proprioception and an intact sensorimotor system, and be able to demonstrate how to perform Joint Position Sense testing.
  3. Differentiate between the various carpal instability patterns that impact functional use of the hand.
  4. Demonstrate commonly used special tests for the wrist, and be able to interpret their findings to differentiate between potential carpal instability vs. other pathology.
  5. Create individualized treatment plans for their patients utilizing functional and evidenced-based interventions specific to wrist rehabilitation.

Cancellation Policy: Right Hand Therapy reserves the right to reschedule a live workshop with fewer than 6 participants and will return all payments.  Right Hand Therapy is not responsible for any travel related expenses. Participants must also notify Right Hand Therapy regarding cancellation of registration no less than 21 days prior to the live course for a partial refund (less $75.00  for administrative fees.)

Course Location
Course Schedule
  • 8:00  – 8:10 am    Introduction
  • 8:10 – 10:00 am   Review of SL, midcarpal, LT, TFCC and DRUJ anatomy, biomechanics and pathomechanics
  • 10:00 – 11:15 am  Proprioception/Joint Position Sense (JPS) testing
  • 11:15 – 12:00 pm  Evaluation
  • 12:00 – 1:00 pm   Lunch
  • 1:00 – 1:45 pm      Special Tests for the Wrist
  • 1:45 – 4:00 pm     Treatment: Stability/proprioception training, taping techniques and splint demo/lab
  • 4:00 – 4:45 pm     Patient Case Studies
  • 4:45 – 5:00 pm     Questions and wrap-up

Hand Therapy for the Non-Hand Therapist

Saturday, November 3, 2018, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Sorry, registration for this course is now closed!

Location: 670 North Commercial Street, Suite 301, Manchester, NH  03101
Course Cost: $225
CEUs: Attendees earn 8 continuing education contact hours for this course
Instructor: Danielle Amero, OTR/L, CHT      Bio
Target Audience: OTs, COTAs, PTs, and PTAs working in any setting looking to improve their knowledge of upper extremity care

Course Description

This one day course is designed to help therapists practicing in any setting improve their knowledge of hands and upper extremity care.  This course will provide the participant with exceptional hands-on learning about the upper quarter including anatomy, pathology, evaluation, and emerging concepts in treatment interventions. Understanding the intricacies of the upper extremity can be complex – this presentation aims to simplify the learning process with the use of anatomical models and hands-on practice opportunities.  Once this foundation has been established, participants will have an opportunity to master clinical evaluation skills, brush up on special testing, and then learn how to create and execute an appropriate plan of care utilizing current, evidenced-based treatment interventions.  Whether you are a new grad, home health, acute care, mental health, or outpatient therapist, you won’t want to miss this comprehensive course!

Course Objectives:

Following the course, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify anatomical structures of the shoulder, elbow, forearm, wrist and hand
  2. Describe unique functional features of the upper extremity.
  3. Palpate important landmarks of the upper extremity and describe their purpose.
  4. Understand and feel comfortable with the basic treatment concepts for tendonitis, arthritis, fractures, and nerve injuries.
  5. Develop clinical reasoning and resources for treatment of upper extremity injuries.

Cancellation Policy: Right Hand Therapy reserves the right to reschedule a live workshop with fewer than 6 participants and will return all payments.  Right Hand Therapy is not responsible for any travel related expenses. Participants must also notify Right Hand Therapy regarding cancellation of registration no less than 21 days prior to the live course for a partial refund (less $75.00  for administrative fees.)

Course Location
Course Schedule
  • 8:00  – 9:15 am     Anatomy of the UE (bones/muscles) and palpation lab
  • 9:15 – 10:15 am     Anatomy of the Nervous System and Evaluation Principles
  • 10:15 – 11:45 am  Pathology of the Nervous System (CTS, cubital tunnel, radial nerve injuries)
  • 11:45 – 12:45 pm  Lunch
  • 12:45 – 3:00 pm      Musculotendinous Injuries and Treatment (impingement syndrome, epicondylitis, Dequervain’s, trigger finger, Dupuytren’s, CMC arthritis)
  • 3:00 – 4:30 pm     Fractures
  • 4:30 – 5:00 pm     Questions and wrap-up

A Splinting Guide:  Orthoses for Immobilization and Mobilization

Friday, May 17, 2019 & Saturday, May 18, 2019, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Download Course Brochure:  Coming soon!

Location: The Executive Court Banquet Facility, 1199 South Mammoth Road, Manchester, NH 03109
Course Cost: TBD
CEUs: Attendees earn 8 continuing education contact hours for the one day course, 16 for the two day course
Instructor: Debby Schwartz, OTD, OTR/L, CHT
Target Audience: OTs, COTAs, PTs, PTAs and CHTs

Course Description

Coming soon!

Course Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Recognize indications, precautions and contraindications for immobilization and mobilization splinting of the upper
    extremity
  2. Analyze mechanical properties required to fabricate low temperature thermoplastic immobilization and mobilization
    splints for the upper extremity.
  3. Compare and contrast splinting materials, outrigger/ and or coil designs of immobilization and mobilization splints.
  4. Identify important anatomical structures and landmarks of the upper extremity.
  5. Analyze key characteristics of splinting materials for fabrication of specific splints.
  6. Gain fabrication skills utilizing different splinting materials.

Cancellation Policy: Right Hand Therapy reserves the right to reschedule a live workshop with fewer than 6 participants and will return all payments.  Right Hand Therapy is not responsible for any travel related expenses. Participants must also notify Right Hand Therapy regarding cancellation of registration no less than 21 days prior to the live course for a partial refund (less $75.00  for administrative fees.)

Course Location
Course Schedule
  • Coming soon!

Neural Mobilization Techniques

Saturday, September 28, 2019, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Download Course Brochure:  Coming soon!

Location: The Executive Court Banquet Facility, 1199 South Mammoth Rd, Manchester NH, 03109
Course Cost: TBD
CEUs: Attendees earn 8 continuing education contact hours for this course
Instructor: Mark Butler, PT, DPT, OCS, Cert. MDT
Target Audience: OTs, COTAs, PTs, PTAs, and CHTs

Bio:  Mark is a board certified Orthopaedic clinical specialist and McKenzie certified specialist for mechanical diagnosis and treatment.  He has been in practice for over 25 years, starting his own practice eighteen months after graduating from the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, which he sold to focus on patient care and teaching.  He is an adjunct Assistant Professor at Rutgers and guest lecturer at Stockton and DeSales Universities.

Mark has taught over 200 weekend courses on Neural Mobilization, Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization, Examination & Treatment of the Shoulder, Cervical Spine, Lumbar Spine, Therapeutic Taping, and Radiology.  He has presented at more than 25 national and regional conferences on Neural Mobilization, Brachial Plexopathies, the Shoulder, and Complex Regional Pain Syndrome.

It was through one of his earliest teaching experiences as a ski instructor in Utah that he met his beautiful wife Terri of 30 + years.  Just prior to this, he spent 2 years in Korea doing missionary work, and is fluent in reading and speaking Korean.

Mark authored the shoulder chapter in the textbook Fundamentals of Hand Therapy: Clinical Reasoning and Treatment Guidelines for Common Diagnoses of the Hand and Upper Extremity.  He has published in peer reviewed and non-peer reviewed professional journals and is currently active in clinical research.

Mark completed his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at Regis University in Denver, where he graduated with honors.  He is fortunate to be honored as one of the therapists selected on an annual basis to receive the prestigious James Tucker Excellence in Clinical Practice and Teaching Award by the New Jersey chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association.   Currently he manages the Medford NovaCare office where he carries a full caseload.

Photo Mark Butler
Course Description

Coming soon!

Cancellation Policy: Right Hand Therapy reserves the right to reschedule a live workshop with fewer than 6 participants and will return all payments.  Right Hand Therapy is not responsible for any travel related expenses. Participants must also notify Right Hand Therapy regarding cancellation of registration no less than 21 days prior to the live course for a partial refund (less $75.00  for administrative fees.)

Course Location
Course Schedule
  • Coming soon!

Simply, the Wrist: Simplifying the Wrist Complex

Saturday, November 2, 2019, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Download Course Brochure: Coming soon!

Location: Homewood Suites by Hilton Augusta, 377 Western Avenue, Augusta, ME 04330
Course Cost: TBD
CEUs: Attendees earn 7 continuing education contact hours for this course
Instructor: Lisa Owen, MS, OTR/L, CLT, CHT      Bio
Target Audience: OTs, COTAs, PTs, PTAs, and CHTs interested in hand therapy/wrist rehabilitation

Course Description

This course will provide the participant with exceptional hands-on learning about the carpal joints, pathology, evaluation and emerging concepts in conservative wrist rehabilitation interventions.  Understanding the wrist is complex – this presentation aims to simplify the learning process with the use of anatomical models and hands on practice opportunities.  It is important for the therapist to fully understand this joint’s complex biomechanics and sensorimotor system that impacts alignment and function.  Once this foundation has been established, participants will learn how to perform a basic clinical evaluation, and then learn how to create and execute an appropriate plan of care utilizing various fun, functional and evidenced-based treatment interventions.  Participants will also receive a FREE carpal puzzle model as part of this course!

Course Objectives:

Following the course, participants will be able to:

  1.   Identify the major anatomical structures of the wrist and be able to recognize normal vs abnormal wrist biomechanics.
  2. Explain the importance of proprioception and an intact sensorimotor system, and be able to demonstrate how to perform Joint Position Sense testing.
  3. Differentiate between the various carpal instability patterns that impact functional use of the hand.
  4. Demonstrate commonly used special tests for the wrist, and be able to interpret their findings to differentiate between potential carpal instability vs. other pathology.
  5. Create individualized treatment plans for their patients utilizing functional and evidenced-based interventions specific to wrist rehabilitation.

Cancellation Policy: Right Hand Therapy reserves the right to reschedule a live workshop with fewer than 6 participants and will return all payments.  Right Hand Therapy is not responsible for any travel related expenses. Participants must also notify Right Hand Therapy regarding cancellation of registration no less than 21 days prior to the live course for a partial refund (less $75.00  for administrative fees.)

Course Location
Course Schedule
  • 8:00  – 8:10 am    Introduction
  • 8:10 – 10:00 am   Review of SL, midcarpal, LT, TFCC and DRUJ anatomy, biomechanics and pathomechanics
  • 10:00 – 11:15 am  Proprioception/Joint Position Sense (JPS) testing
  • 11:15 – 12:00 pm  Evaluation
  • 12:00 – 1:00 pm   Lunch
  • 1:00 – 1:45 pm      Special Tests for the Wrist
  • 1:45 – 3:00 pm     Treatment: Stability/proprioception training, taping techniques
  • 3:00 – 3:45 pm     Patient Case Studies
  • 3:45 – 4:00 pm     Questions and wrap-up

Current Evidence for Rehabilitation of the Repaired Tendon: An Overview and Splint Lab

Saturday, June 9, 2018, 8:00am – 5:00pm

Download Course Brochure:  Tendon Course Brochure 2018

Location: The Falls Event Center, 21 Front Street, Manchester, NH 03102
Course Cost: $285
CEUs: Attendees earn 8 continuing education contact hours for this course
Instructor: April O’Connell, OTR/L, CHT
Target Audience: Intermediate to advanced level practitioners (OTs, COTAs, PTs, PTAs, and CHTs)

Bio:  April O’Connell is the Clinical Specialist in the Hand and Upper Extremity Therapy Department at NYU Langone Health. She earned her Occupational Therapy degree at Boston University, is a Certified Hand Therapist and is certified by the American Council of Sports Medicine (ACSM) as a Clinical Exercise Specialist. She has lectured to orthopedic surgeons and therapists nationally and internationally in current concepts of orthopedic rehabilitation of the upper extremity. Ms. O’Connell has been a guest speaker for Dr. Radio on Sirius Satellite on topics including baseball, golf, tennis and skiing injuries and was featured in Shape Magazine. She is a founding member of the Golf and Pitching Labs at NYU Langone Orthopedics.

Thank you for your interest, but this course is now full!  Registration for this course is closed.  If you would like to be placed on a waiting list in the event that a participant cancels, please email lisa@righthandtherapy.com

Course Description

This course is geared toward the intermediate to advanced level practitioner and will provide exceptional hands-on learning about flexor and extensor tendon rehabilitation.  During the morning session the course will cover extensor tendon anatomy and physiology, history and current evidence of extensor tendon repairs and rehabilitation, and a lab breakout session for fabrication of a Relative Motion Extension Splint (RMES).  In the afternoon session, flexor tendon anatomy and physiology, history and current evidence of flexor tendon repairs and rehabilitation, and emerging evidence in flexor tendon repairs including “Proof-of-Concept” will be discussed.  During a second lab session, participants will have the opportunity to fabricate a Relative Motion Flexion Splint (RMFS) and discuss tips for dorsal blocking orthoses.  Understanding the various approaches to tendon repair rehabilitation is complex and challenging – this course aims to present the latest and greatest evidence, including clinical pearls for digital nerve involvement, scar management, and cortical re-patterning.  Learners will confidently splint and rehabilitate the most challenging of tendon repairs with knowledge of the latest trends in research.  This is a course you will not want to miss!!

Course Objectives:

Following the course, participants will be able to:

  1.   Perform a patient-centered evaluation involving review of medial history, patient-rated outcomes and subjective account to systematically lead to diagnostically appropriate plan of care.
  2.   Describe anatomical and biomechanical principles that form the framework of post-operative extensor and flexor tendon evaluation and treatment.
  3.   Identify differential diagnoses.
  4.   Explain how biomechanical dysfunction of the hand can create functional impairment.
  5.   Identify important indications and contraindications for therapeutic interventions and protocols for post-operative flexor or extensor tendon repair.
  6.   Demonstrate understanding of evidenced-based special tests.
  7.   Identify current research and upcoming trends in tendon repair rehabilitation.
  8.   Select and fabricate appropriate orthotic devices for flexor and extensor tendon repairs.

Cancellation Policy: Right Hand Therapy reserves the right to reschedule a live workshop with fewer than 14 participants and will return all payments.  Right Hand Therapy is not responsible for any travel related expenses. Participants must also notify Right Hand Therapy regarding cancellation of registration no less than 21 days prior to the live course for a partial refund (less $75.00  for administrative fees.)

Course Location
Course Schedule

Morning Session – Extensor Tendons

  • 7:30 – 8:00 am     Registration
  • 8:00 – 8:45 am     Anatomy & physiology
  • 8:45 – 9:30 am     History and current evidence of extensor tendon repairs and rehab
  • 9:30 – 10:05 am   Review of splinting principles and evidence
  • 10:05 – 11:35 am  Splint Lab
  • 11:35 – 11:45 am  Questions & answers

11:45 – 12:45 am

  • Lunch Break

Afternoon Session – Flexor Tendons

  • 12:45 – 1:30 pm    Anatomy & physiology
  • 1:30 – 2:30 pm     History and current evidence of flexor tendon repairs and rehab
  • 2:30 – 3:00 pm    Emerging evidence for flexor tendon rehab/”Proof-of-Concept”
  • 3:00 – 4:45 pm    Splint Lab
  • 4:45 – 5:00pm     Questions & answers/Conclusion
Things To Do in the Area

Southern NH is located approximately 45 minutes north of Boston and offers a variety of family fun activities to participate in once you’re done with one of our seminars. You’ll be 75 minutes away from hiking in the White Mountains or leaf peeping along the scenic Kancamagus Highway. You can reach the beach within 50 minutes at Hampton Beach State Park or travel 75 minutes for boating on Lake Winnipesaukee or in the Lakes region. Merrimack is located just down the road where you can shop tax free at Merrimack Premium Outlets or enjoy a drink at one of our local breweries, such as Able Ebenezer Brewing Company and Anheuser Busch.  Let us know if you need any help planning your trip!

We Will Come To You!

Right Hand Therapy is based out of Southern NH, however we are happy to bring our courses to your clinic to help you meet your continuing education needs. A minimum of 6 participants is required for an on-site course of your choosing. Please contact us for more information.

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