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Virginia O'Brien, OTD, OTR/L, CHT

Virginia O'Brien Instructor Bio:
A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions (Provo, Utah), Virginia first became interested in hand architecture during her fieldwork days. She is actively involved in clinical and biomechanical research of the thumb and the wrist, is a member of the AOTA Evidence Exchange committee and a member of the ASHT Research Committee, is a published author in the Journal of Hand Therapy (JHT), a contributing editor for the Year Book of Hand and Upper Limb Surgery since 2012, and is a reviewer for JHT and Journal of Hand Surgery. Virginia owns her own business, O'Brien Upper Limb Consulting LLC, and works full time clinically at University of Minnesota Health-Hand Center, a clinic of the Institute of Athletic Medicine in Minneapolis, MN, where she is the Hand Therapy Residency Coordinator. Since 2005 she has presented on a variety of hand related topics to therapists and physicians locally, nationally, and internationally.

Virginia O'Brien's Continuing Education Courses

Why is Thumb Pain Such a Pain? An Introduction to Dynamic Stability of the Thumb

Why is Thumb Pain Such a Pain? An Introduction to Dynamic Stability of the Thumb

Why is the thumb such a pain? Thumb pain is a common complaint that requires careful assessment and innovative therapy. Thumb pain, due to any injury or pathology, impacts participation in every area of occupational and functional performance:… Read Morearrow_right

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Evaluation of the Thumb

Evaluation of the Thumb

Why is it so important to evaluate all aspects of the thumb? The thumb is the most articulate member of the hand, and the majority of fine motor activity requires the use of the thumb. It is the only member of the hand that has a “universal… Read Morearrow_right

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Evidence Based Intervention to Restore Dynamic Thumb Stability

Evidence Based Intervention to Restore Dynamic Thumb Stability

Why is management of thumb pain such an enigma? Traditional conservative management is general hand strengthening and a splint or, in proper terminology, an orthosis. Is there more that can be done and is it evidence based? The answer is… Read Morearrow_right

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What About a Thumb Orthosis?

What About a Thumb Orthosis?

Thumbs may require support from an orthosis as the thumb is in “rehabilitation” to regain its stability. The choices for thumb support range from custom to prefabricated, from thumb-based to forearm-based. Thumbs may require stabilization… Read Morearrow_right

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Saving Your Thumbs: Elastic Taping, Customizing Orthoses, Joint Protection Techniques, and Adaptive Equipment

Saving Your Thumbs: Elastic Taping, Customizing Orthoses, Joint Protection Techniques, and Adaptive Equipment

If the thumb has less pain with dynamic stability, why still protect the thumb joint? This course will review basic principles of light joint support with taping or customizing orthoses. Additionally, we'll present joint protection as a… Read Morearrow_right

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