A Therapist’s Guide to Wrist Rehabilitation

$450.00Add to cart


Saturday-Sunday, April 20-21, 2024
8:00 am – 5:00 pm


Crystal Clinic Orthopedic Center
3975 Embassy Parkway
Akron, OH 44333

Course Cost:



15.0 continuing education contact hours/1.5 AOTA CEUs


Kristy Kreidler, OTR/L, CHT

Target Audience:

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

Right Hand Therapy is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. AOTA does
not endorse specific course content, products, or clinical procedures.

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 common deformities such as DISI, VISI, mid-carpal instability and TFCC injuries with the use of anatomical models and hands on practice opportunities. It is important for the therapist to fully understand the healing process, biomechanics, and sensorimotor system that impacts alignment and function of the wrist. Once this foundation has been established, participants will learn how to confidently perform a comprehensive clinical evaluation, interpret findings, and synthesize and execute an effective plan of care utilizing evidenced-based and functional treatment interventions.  Participants will receive a FREE Carpal Puzzle™ model as part of this course!

Course Objectives:

Following the course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the major anatomical structures of the wrist and be able to recognize normal vs abnormal wrist biomechanics.
  • Explain the importance of proprioception and an intact sensorimotor system.
  • Differentiate between various carpal instability patterns that impact functional use of the hand including VISI, DISI, mid-carpal instability and DRUJ instability.
  • Utilize current evidence-based research to provide appropriate exercise prescriptions for individual wrist instability patterns with progression to reflexive neuromuscular training.
  • Demonstrate how to perform commonly used special tests for the wrist.
  • Understand and select appropriate orthotic options for the symptomatic wrist.
  • Create individualized treatment plans utilizing functional and evidenced-based interventions specific to wrist rehabilitation to promote engagement in functional activity.
  • Learning outcomes will be assessed during hands-on lab sessions via observation and demonstration of skills and through Q&A sessions.

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.)

Course Schedule Day 1: 8:00 am -5:00 pm

8:00 – 9:30am

Review of anatomy including bones, joints, ligaments and important muscles

LAB: Complete carpal puzzle.

9:30 – 9:45am


9:45 – 11:00am

Biomechanics of the wrist including ligamentous structures

11:00 – 12:00pm

Introduction to proprioceptive muscles/proprioceptive system

12:00 – 1:00pm


1:00 – 2:15pm

Proprioception/ kinesthesia of the wrist.

LAB: Joint position sense testing

2:15 – 2:30pm


2:30 – 4:45pm

Evaluation/ Palpation/special testing of the wrist.

LAB: Practice tests/palpation

4:45 – 5:00pm

Questions & Wrap-up

Course Schedule Day 2: 8:00 am -5:00 pm

8:00 – 8:15am

Questions from day 1

8:15 – 9:15am

Evaluation of the wrist.  Putting it all together.

9:15 – 9:30am


9:30 – 10:45am

Case Studies. How do you evaluate? (Interactive discussion)

10:45 – 12:00pm

Treatment planning and orthosis considerations based on injured tissues.

12:00 – 1:00pm


1:00 – 2:45pm

Treatment planning for specific conditions.

LAB: Practice specific movement patterns and manual mobilization techniques

2:45 – 3:45pm

Progression of proprioceptive training to reflexive proprioception.

3:45 – 4:00pm


4:00 – 4:45pm

Review case studies for treatment considerations.

4:45 – 5:00pm

Questions & Wrap-up

Kristy Kreidler, OTR/L, CHT

Kristy has been a licensed Occupational Therapist since 1997 and a Certified Hand Therapist since 2002. She has worked exclusively in outpatient hand therapy since 2002 in multiple locations in both Ohio and California. She has taught many upper extremity courses throughout her career including assisting with the ASHT CHT Prep course, multiple splinting courses, and multiple courses for the Ohio State Occupational Therapy Association. She is currently the outpatient Occupational Therapy manager for the Center for Hand Therapy at Crystal Clinic Orthopaedic Center in Akron Ohio and has the pleasure of working with 6 fellowship trained hand surgeons and a team of hand therapists including 9 CHTs. Throughout her career, Kristy has developed an interest in the wrist and has sought out learning opportunities regarding wrist biomechanics. Because of this interest, she developed and patented the Ulnar Booster wrist splint for mid-carpal instability and ulnar sided wrist pain which is now manufactured through North Coast Medical as a Comfort Cool product.

Kristy joined with Lisa Owen, owner of Right Hand Therapy and developer of the Carpal Puzzle in 2020 to combine a common interest in teaching about the wrist and the related biomechanics. We are excited to share our collaboration with you through this CEU course.

Download the Course Brochure: RHT CCOC Wrist Course_2024