Instructional Concurrent Session VII
Elastic Taping Techniques to Prevent and Manage Common Performance Related Musician Injuries - (Available on the Virtual Platform ONLY)
Musicians are prone to musculoskeletal pain and injury as a result of intense playing schedules and prolonged awkward playing postures. Elastic taping has the ability to influence pain by affecting the underlying tissue physiology and to correct posture and position by providing sensory and proprioceptive feedback. Taping can influence posture, muscle strength and the neural system to allow for improved function while playing an instrument.This workshop will introduce the basic concepts and application of elastic taping techniques for prevention and management of common performance related musician injuries. We will review the qualities of elastic taping, the philosophy behind elastic taping, the effects of taping on the physiologic systems, and how taping can be used to manage common injuries and correct poor posture and positioning in musicians. Case examples will demonstrate how to assess for and apply common taping techniques to correct maladaptive posture and prevent injury, and to how to treat common performance related musculoskeletal pain conditions to allow for playing while healing. Special considerations and postural demands of specific instruments will be addressed. Participants will be guided through a range of common taping application techniques.Attendees will have the opportunity to practice taping application techniques for common injuries and corrective positioning.
- Describe the qualities, philosophy, and physiologic effects of elastic taping on the underlying tissue
- Describe common uses and benefits of elastic taping for performance related musician injuries and injury prevention
- Demonstrate elastic tape application techniques for common performance related musician injuries
Hand Therapy for Survivors of Gun Shot Wounds: An Evidence-Based Approach for Holistic Care from the Culturally-Responsive Therapist
In 2020, Missouri had the third highest per-capita state rate of gun deaths. While more than 100 people are killed nationally each day from gun violence, twice as many victims are survivors, which leaves individuals with profound injuries and trauma. Gun violence has been denoted a public health crisis by the American College of Surgeons, and COVID-19 has increased gun violence throughout the country. As occupational therapists and students serving urban St. Louis, we began to treat patients with upper extremity injuries from gunshot wounds whose needs to return to their daily lives went beyond our traditional interventions in physical rehabilitation and hand therapy. We found we were ill-equipped to meet their needs, leading us to investigate evidence-based best practices. This course will help clinicians identify survivor’s individual and environmental factors affected by or potential risk factors for gun violence. We will use the context of St. Louis to provide a historical look at how systemic inequities affect our patients. Tenets of trauma-informed care will be explored to assist practitioners with providing patient-centered care. An evidence-based assessment and intervention model (UGO model), including case application, will be discussed to help ground holistic treatment. Personal reflection for participants will be encouraged.
- Describe relevant individual and environmental factors for survivors of gun violence
- Identify systemic inequities that contribute to community gun violence
- Identify tenets of trauma informed care
- Reflect upon your beliefs and biases in order to improve self-awareness and foster therapeutic relationships
- Describe the UGO model and how it informs holistic treatment for individuals with gunshot wounds
Zooming into Telehealth
The impact of the Covid-19 global pandemic brought significant changes and challenges to the way we practice hand therapy. In March, 2020 there was a nationwide shift towards telehealth as Medicare began reimbursing for it. With the development of specific evaluations and treatment guidelines, telehealth has allowed hand therapists to provide quality care to patients in the safety of their own environment. Therapists at our facility have completed over 3,000 hand therapy telehealth visits to date. This experience has given us the opportunity to learn about the different types of patients and diagnoses that have been successful receiving therapy via telehealth along with strategies that contribute to a productive session. Telehealth can afford the opportunity to use a holistic approach to therapy, incorporate the home environment, and empower patients to take a more active role in their rehabilitation. This will be an instructional course on best practices for delivery of hand therapy services via telehealth, with clinical pearls and reflections. We will also describe the therapist and patient experience, patient satisfaction, strategies for problem solving, and lessons learned. Lastly, we will present strengths and limitation of telehealth, its potential role in the future, and several illustrative cases.
- To describe three strategies for conducting an effective evaluation via telehealth.
- To describe three strategies for conducting an effective treatment session via telehealth.
- To describe three problem solving strategies for challenging telehealth scenarios.
- To identify two strengths and two limitations to delivering hand therapy via telehealth.