Understanding Recovery and Evolution of Impairments in the Arm and Hand

presented by Salvador Bondoc

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This course explores the process of recovery following a neurological insult typical in strokes or brain injury and how it impacts arm and hand function. Special focus will be given to understanding of spasticity and associated impairment patterns in sensorimotor control and biomechanics of reach and grasp. Such knowledge will provide the clinician the critical foundation during assessment and intervention planning throughout the continuum of recovery.

Meet Your Instructor

  • Salvador Bondoc, OTD, OTR/L, BCPR, CHT, FAOTA

    Salvador Bondoc is a tenured professor of occupational therapy and has been a faculty member of Quinnipiac University since 2006. He received his post-professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy degree from Creighton University in 2004. He has been a practicing occupational therapist since 1995, has held the designation of Certified Hand Therapist since 2001, and has been board certified in Physical Rehabilitation by the American Occupational Therapy Association since 2008. The focus of Dr. Bondoc’s scholarship is in the application and integration of evidence into practice. His practice and scholarly work are in the following broad areas: participation and occupational performance in the well and frail elderly, functional use and motor control of the upper limb following a stroke, and health professions education (Scholarship of Teaching and Learning).

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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  1. Recovery after a Stroke or Brain Injury

    1. Recovery after a Stroke or Brain Injury

    This chapter will cover the process of neurological and functional recovery for persons who have acquired brain injury or stroke and their implications on the rehabilitation process. Dr. Bondoc will also explain the nature of spasticity and its impact on movement, functional recovery, and the development of secondary impairments.

  2. Spasticity and Movement Impairment

    2. Spasticity and Movement Impairment

    This chapter will review neurophysiology of the motor unit and discuss the definition of spasticity and its impact on movement and posture of the arm and hand.

  3. Sensory Impairments

    3. Sensory Impairments

    In this chapter Salvador Bondoc will review the somatosensory system and sub-modalities of somatosensation and describe pain and sensory impairments associated with the neurological UE following brain injury.