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Wrist Instability Part III: Assessment and Special Tests

presented by Mirka Normand, MA, OTR, CHT, COMT

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The growing need for a more efficient health delivery model is driving a greater number of direct referrals from primary care physicians to certified hand therapists. For that reason, hand therapists must be prepared to perform in-depth evaluations of the wrist and determine if conservative management is warranted prior to seeking surgical consult. In Part III of the series, Mirka Normand presents wrist assessments including instability special tests based on current evidence to assist with differential diagnosis and to determine the most efficient plan of care.

This is the third course of a three-part series.

CHTs, when submitting this for recertification through HTCC, this course can be used for CAT B (hand therapy courses < 3 hours in length); however, if this course certificate is submitted with the following course certificates listed below (or any combination totaling 3 hours or more), they can be submitted under CAT A (hand therapy courses > 3 hours in length).

  • Wrist Instability Part I: Anatomy and Biomechanics (1.5 hours)
  • Wrist Instability Part II: Analysis of Movement and the Features of Instability (1.5 hours)
  • Wrist Instability Part III: Assessment and Special Tests (1.5 hours)

  • Meet Your Instructor

    Mirka Normand, MA, OTR, CHT, COMT

    Ms. Normand graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from Laval University in Quebec, Canada. She completed a Hand Therapy Fellowship with Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Woman's University in 1999, in Houston TX and was certified as a hand therapist that same year by the Hand Therapy Certification Commission. She received…

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    1. Basic Clinical Exam

    This chapter provides a framework and establishes the basis of a thorough and systematic wrist examination.

    2. Instability Special Tests: Radial Sided Pain

    This chapter presents evidenced-based instability tests for pain reported on the radial aspect of the wrist. Demonstration of test performance as well as interpretation of results are included.

    3. Instability Special Tests: Ulnar Sided Pain

    This chapter presents evidenced-based instability tests for pain reported on the ulnar aspect of the wrist. Demonstration of test performance as well as interpretation of results are included.

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