Pre-Conference Institutes (2-Hour)

Date/Time: Thu, October 7, 2021 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Find It, Fix It: Anatomy and Provocative Tests of the Upper Quadrant

Description:

While clinicians have a good understanding of anatomy, locating structures on patients can be challenging. This is compounded by the fact that there is a wide variance within the non-pathological range depending on body type, age and individual anomalies. In this intensive, lab-focused, hands-on course, participants will find and palpate anatomic structures on themselves, other participants and the instructors. The participants will learn and demonstrate provocative tests for the entire upper quadrant.

Objective(s):

  • The participants will locate and palpate surface anatomical structures on themselves, the instructors and other participants.
  • The participants will demonstrate provocative tests on themselves, the instructors and other participants.
  • The participants will identify the varied responses and contrast normal responses from those that indicate pathology.
  • The participants will interpret results of the provocative tests and formulate a plan of care.

The Future of Finger and Partial-Hand Prostheses in Clinical Practice: An Inter-Professional Approach to the Psychosocial Impacts of Amputation, Current Prosthetic Innovations and Practical Tools for Implementing Care

Description:

There are approximately 53,000 finger amputations in the U.S. every year. A collaborative presentation by a certified hand therapist and certified prosthetist, this course will explore outcomes of digit amputation, emphasizing how prosthesis adaptation has the power to positively impact a person’s recovery of meaning, value, and purpose. It will also provide practical instruction on a hand therapist’s involvement in recommending and educating on body-driven prostheses for this population. Within this session, current available prosthetic solutions for finger and partial hand amputations will be described and patient candidacy assessment will be reviewed. As key members of a patient’s rehabilitation team, hand therapists are uniquely positioned as the gateway to excellence in functional device integration and improved patient satisfaction. Evidence-based and accessible for all levels of hand therapy practitioners.

Objective(s):

  • Define aspects of the multidimensional impact of digital amputations on roles such as: worker, parent, caregiver, and partner.
  • Identify responsibilities of hand therapists and prosthetists in providing care to this population relating to application of a body-driven prosthesis.
  • Describe current available prostheses for finger and partial hand amputations.
  • Reinforce the hand therapists’ role in patient advocacy for obtaining prosthetic care.
  • Discuss plan of care strategies to maximize functional integration after prosthetic intervention, collaborating with patients to improve participation in meaningful activities.