presented by Kristin Valdes
Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.
Kristin Valdes, OTD, OT, CHT
Kristin Valdes, OTD, OT, CHT, is the owner and Director of Hand Works Therapy in Sarasota, Florida. She is an associate professor at Gannon University. She has been in private practice for over twenty years and specializes in the treatment and rehabilitation of the upper extremity. Her clinical expertise includes treatment of the hand, wrist,…Read full bio
1. The Sensorimotor System
The sensorimotor system is defined as a component of the motor control system and is used to describe the physiologic integration of the neurosensory and neuromuscular processes responsible for providing the body with coordination and dynamic stability. Proprioception input can help to restore normal motion and enhance performance after injury. In this chapter, you will delve into the sensorimotor system including extensive demonstrations to truly understand the impact of this system on injury and rehabilitation.
2. The Sensorimotor and Proprioception Assessment
Understanding the components of sensorimotor dysfunction and proprioception deficits will improve clinical skills necessary to understand implications for rehabilitation. Sensorimotor and proprioception assessment of the hand and wrist can include a number of evaluation strategies including joint position sense, sensory discrimination tests, and other measures used to measure acuity. Conclude this lecture with several demonstrations and the ability to quantify deficits to measure the success of interventions.
3. Sensorimotor and Proprioception Training
Sensorimotor and proprioception training educates patients through the application of sensorimotor activities to better attend to sensory cues. This enables the brain to generate more appropriate motor commands, educate the patient to interpret sensory information correctly, and promote sensorimotor control of the hand and wrist. This lecture includes a demonstration and introduction to exercises prescribed during non-operative or postoperative rehabilitation and injury prevention programs meant to enhance neuromuscular control.
4. The Thumb and Hand
The thumb and hand represent an intricate array of ligaments, receptors, and nerve endings. In this chapter, evidence based treatments are recommended including conscious neuromuscular training to promote dynamic joint stability. Observed actions, mirror therapy, motor imagery, taping, and thumb exercises are recommended.
5. Exercises for the Thumb and Hand
This final chapter provides two interactive exercise demonstrations for the thumb and hand. Understanding the components of sensorimotor dysfunction and proprioception interventions in the thumb and hand will improve clinical skills necessary to understand implications for rehabilitation of your clients.