presented by Mike Szekeres
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.
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.
This chapter will discuss the most common fracture – distal radius fracture. Injury mechanics, stages of treatment progression, and frequent complications will be reviewed.
This chapter will describe carpal tunnel syndrome. Etiology, evidence, mechanics of nerve compression, and treatment suggestions will be discussed.
This chapter will look at the most common tendon problem at the wrist. Etiology, evidence, treatment suggestions, and potential progression will be discussed.
This chapter will discuss trigger finger, including possible causes, mechanics, evidence for treatment, and possible therapy progression.
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.