Diagnosis and Management of the Distal Upper Extremity

Musculoskeletal Courses

Course Description

8 Contact Hours/0.8 CEUs

The IAOM Diagnosis and Management of the Distal Upper Extremity online course takes an in-depth look at proximal and distal radioulnar, humero-radial and humeroulnar, and wrist joints biomechanics and pathoanatomy (including primary and secondary dysfunctions of the forearm, wrist and thumb), carpal pathologies, functional instability ,basic and specific clinical examination of the forearm, wrist and thumb joint complex, clinical interpretation and differential diagnosis, management suggestions for acute and recurrent/chronic conditions, among others.

Target group: PT, PTA, AT, OT

Education Level: Basic

Program Agenda-Online distal upper extremity

Pre-approved in the following states

Alabama, Oregon, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Mass, Missouri, Nebraska, Washington, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Carolina, Vermont, Wyoming, South Dakota

Contact info@iaom-us.com to verify approval in your state.

  • Financial: The instructor(s) receive an honorarium for presenting this course.
  • Non-financial: The instructor(s) have no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.
  • We will not offer partial credit. Online courses: Passing an online exam and completing a course evaluation will be required to earn continuing education credit. Live courses: Participants must attend all the activities. Attendees must sign an attendance sheet for the course, placing their name, license number and state, and signature for both morning and afternoon attendance..
  • Continuing Education Accreditations & Approvals Requested and/or Received by Organization: PDF File

Objectives and Goals

At the conclusion of this program, the learner will be able to…

  • be able to integrate the pathoanatomy, physiology, and biomechanics of Elbow Complex and Wrist/Thumb Joint pathologies into one or more of the following, and consequent, common clinical dysfunctions: Medial/Lateral/Anterior Elbow joint dysfunction, tennis elbow, humeroradial/humeroulnar internal joint pathologies, wrist functional instability, thumb osteoarthritis or more severe conditions such as fracture, tumor or systemic-inflammatory diseases.
  • be able to interpret, through a systematic process, the key findings from the proposed basic clinical examination of patients with Elbow Complex and Wrist/Thumb related conditions.
  • decide which specific clinical tests are the most informative for diagnosis from the general clinical examination of the Elbow Complex and Wrist/thumb for a patient with acute, recurrent or chronic distal upper extremity pain.
  • design 3 effective treatment interventions for acute elbow pain such as elbow and wrist/thumb joint active arthritis.
  • design 3 effective treatment interventions for muscle-tendinous and capsular disorders such as tennis elbow dysfunction and functional instability.
  • design 3 effective treatment interventions for recurrent wrist instability such as secondary triangular fibrocartilage pathology.
  • design 3 effective treatment interventions for carpal bone/joint pathologies.


Jean-Michel Brismée

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