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This interactive workshop is designed to teach participants to comprehensively evaluate and develop an evidence-based intervention plan for the neurologic upper extremity. Management of the upper extremity (ex. managing subluxation, spasticity, weakness, and pain) as well as improving functional use of the upper extremity will be emphasized. Teaching strategies include: lecture, demonstration, questions and answers, and clinical problem solving using slides and videotapes. Specific issues include: neurological/biomechanical impairments that impact upon function, superimposed orthopedic limitations, methods of shoulder support/stabilization, optimizing integration of the arm into ADL/mobility, and decreasing the impact of stereotypical movement patterns. In addition, multiple interventions will be presented that can be immediately implemented into practice.
Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
Identify both neurologic and orthopedic aspects of the involved upper extremity using standardized and non-standardized assessments
Describe various intervention techniques to improve functional use of the upper extremity
Identify and prevent or control pain syndromes, contracture, and overuse of stereotypical movement patterns
Identify current motor control research that supports and/or challenges current management of the neurologic upper extremity
Outline management of movement disorders (ataxia and tremors) of the upper extremity
Who Should Attend
Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy Assistants, Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants.