Treatment for Five of the Most Common Upper Extremity Conditions

presented by Mike Szekeres

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This course will review the five most common upper extremity disorders seen by therapists working with the upper limb. Selected diagnoses will include distal radius fracture, carpal tunnel syndrome, DeQuervain's tenosynovitis, trigger finger, and mallet finger. Assessment, biomechanics, and therapy management will be covered for each of these diagnoses.

Meet Your Instructor

  • Mike Szekeres, PhD, OT Reg (Ont.), CHT

    Mike Szekeres, PhD, OT Reg (Ont.), CHT, is in private practice at Hand Therapy Canada in London, Ontario, Canada. He is an Assistant Editor for the Journal of Hand Therapy. He is currently a sessional faculty member at Western University and has recently completed his PhD in the field of Physical Therapy within the Department of Rehabilitation Science. Mr. Szekeres has served on the Board of Directors for the ASHT. Current professional interests and research include the use of technology for rehabilitation and optimizing the composition and delivery of therapy interventions after wrist fracture.

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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  1. Distal Radius Fracture: Assessment, Biomechanics, and Treatment

    1. Distal Radius Fracture: Assessment, Biomechanics, and Treatment

    This chapter will discuss the most common fracture – distal radius fracture. Injury mechanics, stages of treatment progression, and frequent complications will be reviewed.

  2. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Assessment, Biomechanics, and Treatment

    2. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Assessment, Biomechanics, and Treatment

    This chapter will describe carpal tunnel syndrome. Etiology, evidence, mechanics of nerve compression, and treatment suggestions will be discussed.

  3. DeQuervain's Tenosynovitis: Assessment, Biomechanics, and Treatment

    3. DeQuervain's Tenosynovitis: Assessment, Biomechanics, and Treatment

    This chapter will look at the most common tendon problem at the wrist. Etiology, evidence, treatment suggestions, and potential progression will be discussed.

  4. Trigger Finger: Assessment, Biomechanics, and Treatment

    4. Trigger Finger: Assessment, Biomechanics, and Treatment

    This chapter will discuss trigger finger, including possible causes, mechanics, evidence for treatment, and possible therapy progression.

  5. Mallet Finger: Assessment, Biomechanics, and Treatment

    5. Mallet Finger: Assessment, Biomechanics, and Treatment

    This chapter will review the extensor mechanism, and then review the most common injury to this mechanism – mallet finger. Etiology, types of mallets, evidence for treatment, and treatment guidelines will be discussed.