Shoulder to Hand UE Course Outline

Shoulder to Hand Course Outline

Day 1 (8:00 to 4:00) Shoulder to Elbow
8:00 to 12:30

I.  Shoulder Functional Anatomy and Biomechanics

  • Contributions of dynamic and static stabilizers in healthy shoulders vs. movements of individuals with shoulder pathology
    • Posture Assessment
  • Posture and motor recruitment effects on shoulder pathology
  • Etiology and patho-mechanics related to common shoulder disorders
    • Impingement, rotator cuff tear, instability and thoracic outlet

II.  Basic therapeutic taping concepts

  • Evidence and theoretical constructs
  • Types of tape
  • Objectives for taping
  • Recommendations for tape application

III.   Interventions for Shoulder Pathology

  • Capsular restraints and scapula alignment for optimal positioning
    • Lab:                
    • Posture exercise programming for improving stability, mobility, and functional movement
    • Glenohumeral and Scapulo-thoracic mobilizations
    • Taping: Facilitation, inhibition, pain relief and support techniques

Lunch  (12:30 to 1:30)
1:30 to 4:00

IV.  Details Matter

  • Post-Operative management of common shoulder surgeries
    • Review post-operative progressions
    • Emphasis on learning anatomic structures that require protection in the early phases of clinical rehabilitation

 V.  Elbow Functional Anatomy and Biomechanics

  • Contributions of dynamic and static stabilizers
  • Etiology and pathology of elbow:  instability, tendon and ligament injuries
    • Lab:
    • Exercise programming with emphasis on proximal positioning
    • Elbow mobilization technique to improve motion
    • Taping: inhibition, facilitation, and support

VI.  Wrap up question and answer session

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Course Outline Day 2 (8:00 to 4:00) Wrist to Hand
8:00 to 12:30

I.  Wrist, hand and elbow anatomy and biomechanics​

  • Lab: 
  • Hand and wrist anatomy

II.  Upper extremity (UE) rehabilitation interventions from start to finish

  • Essential evaluation measures
    • Medicare approved upper extremity patient-centered and standardized outcome measures
  • Common hand and wrist pathologies
    • Clinical diagnostic testing with anatomical landmark identification (radial wrist and hand)
    • Fundamental concepts for effective rehabilitation progressions from acute to mature healing phases in surgical and conservative management
    • Treatment Strategies for common orthopedic and neurological upper extremity conditions
    • Lab 1:  Making resting hand orthosis
    • Lab 2:  Innovative taping techniques

Lunch (12:30 to 1:30)
1:00 to 3:00

  • Clinical diagnostic testing with anatomical landmark identification (ulnar wrist)
    • Fundamental concepts for effective rehabilitation progressions from acute to mature healing phases in surgical and conservative management
    • Treatment Strategies for common orthopedic and neurological upper extremity conditions
    • Lab:  Fabricate an ulnar wrist support and innovative taping techniques

III.  Graded Motor Imagery

  • Basic concepts and indications for graded motor imagery
    • Lab:  Graded motor imagery programming

IV.  Joint Mobilizations

  • Reviewing the general concepts of joint mobilizations
    • Lab:  Joint mobilizations for the digits, wrist and forearm

V.  Case Studies

VI.  Wrap up question and answer session