Evidenced-based Rehabilitation to Treat Elbow Trauma and Stiffness

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Saturday, September 14, 2019
8:00 am – 5:00 pm


Crystal Clinic Orthopedic Center
3975 Embassy Parkway
Akron, OH 44333

Course Cost:



7.5 continuing education contact hours


April O’Connell, OTR/L, CHT

Target Audience:

Intermediate practitioners (OTs, COTAs, PTs, PTAs, and CHTs)

Right Hand Therapy is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education – Provider #11677.  AOTA does not endorse specific course content, products, or clinical procedures.

This course has been approved by the Ohio Physical Therapy Association (OHPT) for 7.5 CEUs.  Approval number: 19S1576.

April O’Connell studied Occupational Therapy at Boston University and trained under former ASSH president, Dr. Dennis Phelps. Ms. O’Connell moved to NYC and joined NYU Langone Orthopedics as a clinical specialist in 2009. She has presented at ASSH, AAHS, and ASHT on a variety of topics including tendon injuries and rehabilitation. Ms. O’Connell has appeared on Dr. Radio speaking on various Hand Therapy topics and is one of the founding members of Pitch Smart and the Golf Lab at NYU. She has several research projects underway including “Relative Motion Orthosis vs. a Dorsal Blocking splint for flexor tendon repairs”.

Rehabilitation of elbow trauma can be daunting, especially as chronic stiffness sets in. Many clinics default to treatments devoid of clinical evidence in hopes to combat stiffness that is debilitating to the patient’s function. This course is designed around the most recent evidence in conservative and post-surgical interventions for a variety of elbow traumas. During the morning session the course will review anatomy, physiology and biomechanics of the elbow. A thorough examination of the upper extremity, including special tests, will be demonstrated and then practiced in a lab setting.  Diagnoses of fractures and ligamentous injuries will be reviewed as well as current concepts in treatment along with current evidence for these treatments. Case presentations will be discussed followed by a question and answer panel. The afternoon session will start with a lab session to practice manual mobilization of the elbow.  Appropriate orthoses application will then be discussed as well as an orthoses fabrication demonstration via videos. This course will present the most recent and highest levels of evidence, including clinical pearls, adjunctive treatment techniques and evidence for their use to prevent or when treating the dreaded stiff elbow.  Static progressive orthoses considerations will be explained followed by video demonstrations. The course will end by wrapping up the concepts that have been discussed with a treatment algorithm, case presentations, and question and answer panel. Following this one-day course, learners will confidently rehabilitate the most challenging of elbow traumas. The education level of this course is intermediate and a certificate of completion will be issued to all participants completing this CEU requirement.

Course Objectives:

Following the course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand specific areas of how patient occupational
    performance can be affected by elbow dysfunction.
  • Describe normal and functional upper extremity range
    of motion as it relates to occupational performance.
  • Differentiate between post-operative rehabilitation
    protocols for elbow injuries, including distal biceps and
    triceps repairs, and instabilities.
  • Understand conservative treatment algorithms for a
    variety of elbow diagnoses.
  • Perform manual mobilization techniques for the radial
    humeral, ulnar humeral, proximal radioulnar, and distal
    radioulnar joints of the elbow.
  • Identify appropriate orthoses to treat conservative and
    post-operative elbow injuries.
  • Confidently design an evidenced-based rehabilitation
    program to treat elbow stiffness that includes the use of
    therapeutic exercises, neuromuscular re-education,
    physical agent modalities, soft tissue mobilizations, and
  • Learning outcomes will be assessed during hands-on lab sessions via observation and demonstration of skills.

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 cancel a live workshop with fewer than 10 participants and will return all payments. Participants must also notify Right Hand Therapy regarding cancellation of registration no less than 45 days prior to the live course for a partial refund (less $75.00 for administrative fees.) 

7:30 – 8:00am


8:00 – 9:00am

Review of anatomy, physiology and biomechanics of the UE

9:00 – 10:00am

Examination & evaluation

10:00 – 10:15am


10:15 – 10:45am

Special tests for the elbow

10:45 – 12:30pm

Diagnoses, current treatment techniques, and case studies

12:30 – 1:30pm


1:30 – 2:00pm

Manual mobilizations & lab

2:00 – 2:15pm

Orthotic considerations

2:15 – 3:15pm

Therapeutic exercises & lab

3:15 – 3:30pm


3:30 – 4:30pm

Treating the stiff elbow

4:30 – 5:00pm

Evaluation to discharge & adjourn