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Advances in Hand Therapy: From Evaluation to Treatment

Josh Gerrity, OTR/L, CHT
4 Hours 59 Minutes
Mar 31, 2014
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DVD - Also available: Digital Seminar


Hand Therapy Essentials
Accurate assessment of hand pathologies is critical for treatment of the hand. Incorrect treatment can cause injuries not to heal or possibly other deformities to develop. Understanding the anatomy and structures within the hand is needed to effectively treat these conditions and prevent further functional impairments.

This recording is designed to give learners a better understanding of the intricate anatomy of the hand and how to accurately evaluate and treat common hand pathologies. Attendees will discuss commonly mistreated injuries and identify treatment recommendations for dealing with these cases in their practice. In addition, this course provides tips and concepts behind different types of splints commonly used for treatment of common hand pathologies. This course gives you tools needed to develop the skills to treat even your most challenging hand patients.



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Florida Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the Florida Board of Occupational Therapy. Provider Number #50-399. This course qualifies for 4.9 self-study continuing education credits.

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California Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants

PESI, Inc. is recognized by the Physical Therapy Board of California as an approval agency to approve providers. This self-study lecture qualifies for 4.75 continuing competency hours.

Texas Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants

This activity is provided by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners Accredited Provider #2106032TX and meets continuing competence requirements for physical therapist and physical therapist assistant licensure renewal in Texas. This activity will provide 4.75 CCUs. The assignment of Texas PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.

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This self-study course consists of 4.75 clock hours of instruction that is applicable for physical therapists. CE requirements for physical therapists vary by state/jurisdiction. Please retain the certificate of completion that you receive and use as proof of completion when required.

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PESI, Inc. is a Registered Physical Therapy Continuing Education Sponsor through the State of Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, Division of Professional Regulation. License #: 216.000270. This self-study course qualifies for 4.5 CE credit hours.

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Josh Gerrity, OTR/L, CHT Related seminars and products

Josh Gerrity, OTR/L, CHT, is an expert in hand therapy with over 18 years of experience helping patients recover from hand and wrist impairments and return to normal daily function. Certified in hand therapy, he practices at the Bone and Joint Center in Bismarck, ND, where he works with a group of hand specialists and orthopedic surgeons.

Mr. Gerrity travels nationally to present seminars on hand therapy, and he is known for his dynamic, hands-on teaching style. He serves as a guest lecturer on rehabilitation of hand pathologies for the University of Mary, his alma mater, and he also participates in a biannual Orthopedic Update Seminar held in Bismarck for therapists, physicians, and nurses in the North Dakota, South Dakota, and Montana region.


Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Josh Gerrity has an employment relationship with Bone and Joint Center. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Josh Gerrity has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.

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Target Audience

  • Occupational Therapists
  • Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Physical Therapists
  • Physical Therapist Assistants
  • Rehabilitation Managers
  • Athletic Trainers


  1. Examine the intricate anatomy of the hand and determine how this impacts function
  2. Describe how to effectively evaluate common hand pathologies
  3. Practice specialized tests commonly used in hand evaluation
  4. Discover treatment techniques for hand pathologies, including De Quervain's, carpal tunnel syndrome, and wrist fractures
  5. Discuss principles for splinting and identify commonly used splints



  • Bones and soft tissues of the hand
  • Extensor mechanism of the finger
  • Flexor pulley system of the finger
  • Vascular supply of the hand
  • Nerve supply of the hand
  • Kinesiology of the hand and wrist


  • DeQuervain's
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Metacarpophalangeal (MCP) collateral ligament instability
  • Proximal Interphalangeal Joint (PIP) volar plate and collateral ligament instability
  • Sagittal band attenuation
  • Trigger finger
  • Thumb carpometacarpal (CMC) osteoarthritis
  • Extensor pollicis longus rupture
  • Extensor indicis proprius rupture
  • Flexor digitorum superficialis and profundus rupture
  • Intrinsic tightness
  • Arterial insufficiency
  • Oblique retinacular ligament tightness


  • Finkelstein's
  • Tinel's
  • Phalens/reverse phalens
  • MCP/PIP collateral ligament stability test
  • Bouvier
  • Load and grind test for thumb CMC osteoarthritis
  • Assessment of EPL and EIP ruptures
  • Assessment of FDS and FDP ruptures
  • Bunnel Testing for intrinsic tightness
  • Allen's
  • Assessment of the oblique retinacular ligament


  • DeQuervain's
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Collateral ligament instabilities
  • Extensor tendon injuries
  • Flexor tendon injuries
  • Finger fractures
  • Hand fractures
  • Wrist fractures


  • Classification of splints
  • Indications/Contraindications
  • Important landmarks and pressure areas
  • Types of material
  • Examples of common splints


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