Management of Traumatic Injury and Residual Stiffness for the Hand Therapist

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Saturday, September 12, 2020
8:00 am – 5:00 pm



Course Cost:



8 continuing education contact hours for this course


Gary Solomon, MS, OTR/L, CHT

Target Audience:

Intermediate level OTs, COTAs, PTs, PTAs, and CHTs

Gary Solomon, MS, OTR/L, CHT

This course will present strategies for the management of traumatic hand and upper extremity injuries, as well as evidence guided strategies to address residual stiffness.  Through case discussions participants will learn problem solving strategies including how to approach and manage clinical “disasters”.  Gary will demonstrate orthotic fabrication techniques, and help learners understand the various orthotic options available to mobilize the stiff upper extremity.  This course is geared toward intermediate level practitioners, but learners of all levels are encouraged to attend.  A certificate of completion will be issued to all participants completing this CEU requirement.

Topics to include:

  • Digital / hand fractures and dislocations
  • Tendon and nerve injury including repair, and tendon and nerve transfer
  • Wrist / forearm and TFCC injuries
  • Combined injuries
  • Elbow trauma and stiffness
  • Hand stiffness -evidence guided interventions to achieve clinical success
  • Orthosis demonstration
  • Options and decision making processes for the stiff hand
  • Case discussions, including clinical “disasters”

Course Objectives:

At the completion of this course participants will be able to:

  • Improve clinical decision making regarding safe mobilization of traumatic hand and upper extremity injuries
  • Differentiate treatment options and priorities for phalangeal fractures, dislocations, and other traumatic hand diagnoses
  • Determine safe motion parameters for combined tendon, nerve and skeletal injury
  • Discuss post operative management and decision making processes for tendon vs. nerve transfers
  • Differentiate between available orthoses to select the potentially most effective orthosis based on patterns of stiffness
  • Improve decision making and orthosis selection to restore motion following traumatic upper extremity injury

ADA and Special Requests:

Please contact Right Hand prior to purchase to discuss any particular needs and/or requests.

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.)

8:00 – 9:00am

Introduction: Traumatic upper extremity injuries

  • Why there’s no protocol and a few disaster cases

9:00 – 10:30am

Traumatic elbow injury:  Acute management, restoring safe motion and addressing residual stiffness

10:30 – 12:00pm

Traumatic wrist and forearm injury – From acute injury though salvage procedures

  • Emphasis on treatment – restoring motion and maximizing function and stability

12:00 – 1:00pm


9:40 – 10:30am

Traumatic injury of the hand: Emphasis on management of crush and multi system injuries.

  • Management of tendon and nerve repair as well as tendon and nerve transfer

2:00 – 3:00pm

Focus on Phalanges:  Phalangeal fractures and dislocations

  • Emphasis on safe motion parameters and post operative management

3:00 – 4:00pm

Hand Stiffness: Evidence guided interventions – Emphasis on restoration of hand mechanics

4:00 – 5:00pm

Orthotic Options:  Discussion and fabrication demonstration of selected orthoses covered in presentations

Download course brochure here: Neural Mobilization and Assessment Course Brochure