Differential Diagnosis and Musculoskeletal Management of Distal Upper Extremity – WA DC – Mar 2023
22.5 Education Hours: 8 hours of online self-study + 14.5 hours of hands-on experience
Have you considered that your patients’ elbow or wrist myofascial or joint dysfunctions might be perpetuating their cervical or shoulder pathology? Tuning up your clinical assessment and treatment skills on the most seen elbow and wrist disorders will optimize your patients’ upper-quarter outcomes and elevate your confidence!
This IAOM course utilizes a systematic approach of analyzing pathoanatomy with short and precise clinical assessments to differentially diagnose elbow, wrist, and thumb problems. Emphasis is given to exact surface anatomy in the assessment and treatment of distal upper extremity disorders, where being off a mere 3 mm in palpation can lead to an ineffective technique. Our treatment strategies incorporate manual techniques and exercise recommendations specific to the problem that will avoid creating pathology elsewhere which can so often happen in this complex region.
Special topics include: updates on connective tissue research; biceps tendinopathy versus bicipitoradial bursitis; complications and considerations of lateral elbow pain that differentiates humeroradial joint from various tendinopathies from radial neuropathy; medial elbow tendinopathy versus ulnar and median neuropathies; static and dynamic instabilities of the elbow and wrist; carpal tunnel syndrome; and, osteoarthritis of the thumb versus de Quervain syndrome versus intersection syndrome.
Method of Instruction
The online study is self-paced and available 24/7. It is segmented into lecture modules plus module assessments to gauge understanding (must meet a minimum score prior to moving to the next module). Viewing time can be started and stopped as desired. Course certificates can be printed upon completion of the course.
The LIVE portion of this course offers short lecture and extensive hands-on lab demonstrating and mentoring techniques. PowerPoint presentations are used, and participants receive a digital manual with all course materials. This experience focuses on techniques and problem-solving, as well as clinical analysis, synthesis, and application via case studies. Instructor-participant ratio is small to allow individualized mentorship. Instructors ensure participant understanding via observation and skills self-assessments.
Target Group: PT, PTA, ATC, OT, OTA
Educational Level: Advanced
Prerequisites: Diagnosis and Management of the Distal Upper Extremity, an 8-hour online lecture series – included with registration.
- Become confident and effective in the evaluation of elbow, wrist, and thumb conditions with the ability to differentiate various musculoskeletal pathologies.
- Effectively combine selective treatment methodologies to include manual therapy, movement, and psychosocial considerations that lead to optimal and efficient patient outcomes in the upper quarter.
- Select appropriate evaluation and treatment techniques through knowledge of patho-anatomy, physiology, and biomechanics for the most efficacious and expedient patient care outcomes.
- Formulate a working clinical diagnosis based on the interpretation of the clinical examination.
- Create effective treatment plans that incorporate accurate surface anatomy and tissue physiology of the elbow, wrist and thumb.
- Assess the kinetic chain to determine the causal or perpetuating factors contributing to the patients’ conditions.
- Propose clinical reasoning strategies to solve case studies with complex patients’ pathologies with dysfunctions and comorbidities
- Generate most effective techniques that combine soft tissue and specific articulation techniques to affect total treatment of the elbow, wrist and thumb.
- Construct affliction-specific exercises for the elbow, wrist and thumb, taking into consideration the psychosocial features of the patients, patients’ preferences, and the most current evidence.
- Select the most appropriate evaluation and treatment strategies based on the chronicity and level of sensitization of the patients’ condition.
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- Financial: The instructor(s) receive an honorarium for presenting this course.
- Non-financial: The instructor(s) have no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.
- Partial credit is not available. For online courses, passing module assessments and completing the course evaluation is required to earn continuing education credit. For live courses, attendance is confirmed by signing the attendance sheet at the course; ensure name and professional license number are accurate, and initial both morning and afternoon attendance.
2131, K Street Northwest, Washington, District of Columbia, 20037, United States
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