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Management of Fingertip Injuries

Presented by Gary Solomon, MBA, MS, OTR/L, CHT

Management of Fingertip Injuries

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Video Runtime: 50 Minutes, Learning Assessments: 32 Minutes

Fingertip injuries are the most common type of hand injury and are responsible for 20% of all ER visits. Proper management of these injuries is critical to restore functional hand use and return patients to unrestricted activity performance.

This course will help viewers develop a greater understanding of types of fingertip injuries and anatomical structures involved as well as teach viewers how to distinguish between various treatment options based on injury variants. Wound healing strategies based upon specific patient presentation are explored and options to integrate appropriate therapeutic management throughout the course of treatment are presented. In this course, strategies to prioritize protective options, wound care, and desensitization techniques to maximize patient outcomes are emphasized.

This course will help occupational and physical therapists working with patients with fingertip injuries in the outpatient or inpatient setting develop strategies to facilitate successful patient outcomes.

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Evaluation of the Thumb

Presented by Virginia O'Brien, OTD, OTR/L, CHT

Evaluation of the Thumb

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Why is it so important to evaluate all aspects of the thumb? The thumb is the most articulate member of the hand, and the majority of fine motor activity requires the use of the thumb. It is the only member of the hand that has a "universal joint" in its column. This course will walk you through the essential portions of an evaluation of the thumb and its full movement and use potential, to uncover the puzzle of thumb pain, which creates functional deficit. This course will also cover the differential diagnoses and provocative tests; examination and assessment are important to understand within the large category of "thumb pain." The unique thumb deserves significant attention to assess possible reasons for its pain.

CHTs, when submitting this for recertification through HTCC, this course can be used for CAT B (hand therapy courses < 3 hours in length); however, if this course certificate is submitted with the following course certificates listed below (or any combination totaling 3 hours or more), they can be submitted under CAT A (hand therapy courses > 3 hours in length).
  • Evaluation of the Thumb (1 hour)
  • Why is Thumb Pain Such a Pain? An Introduction to Dynamic Stability of the Thumb (2 hours)
  • Saving Your Thumbs: Elastic Taping, Customizing Orthosis, Joint Protection Techniques, and Adaptive Equipment (1 hour)
  • o What About a Thumb Orthosis? (2 hours)
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    Extensor Tendon Rehabilitation Update: Zones I–II

    Presented by Jeanine Beasley, EdD, OTR, CHT, FAOTA

    Extensor Tendon Rehabilitation Update: Zones I–II

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    Video Runtime: 35 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 26 Minutes

    This course provides an update on the current evidence for therapeutic management of extensor tendon injuries and conditions in zones I and II. It includes a review of the anatomy, as well as conservative and postoperative treatment interventions. Demonstrations of specific orthoses will be included. This course is designed for the intermediate occupational therapist, physical therapist, physical therapy assistant, and certified occupational therapy assistant with experience in hand conditions.

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    Introduction to Orthoses

    Presented by Deborah A. Schwartz, OTD, OTR/L, CHT

    Introduction to Orthoses

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    Using orthoses for immobilization is an important therapeutic intervention to help support and protect the injured upper extremity after surgery or trauma, and also to offer balance and help position the hand and wrist for enhanced function due to injury or pain. Therapists require core knowledge in upper extremity anatomy, biomechanical principles of orthotic fabrication and hands on practice to be able to fabricate well-fitting and appropriate orthoses for clients requiring immobilization of joints of the upper extremity.

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    Identification and Evaluation of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

    Presented by Ann Porretto-Loehrke, PT, DPT, CHT, COMT, CMTPT

    Identification and Evaluation of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

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    This course is part of our CHT Prep Program. Learn more about the full prep program here: MedBridge CHT Prep Program.

    What do I do with patients that hurt all over? Why do carpal tunnel symptoms seem to keep coming back? This course is designed to assist practicing therapists in identifying key features of thoracic outlet syndrome and provide guidance for evaluating these patients using a manual therapy approach. Obtaining a pertinent history and performing a thorough physical examination will give therapists the tools to identify disputed neurogenic TOS and prioritize the patient's impairments.

    CHTs, when submitting this for recertification through HTCC, this course can be used for CAT B (hand therapy courses < 3 hours in length); however, if this course certificate is submitted with the following course certificates listed below (or any combination totaling 3 hours or more), they can be submitted under CAT A (hand therapy courses > 3 hours in length).
  • Identification & Evaluation of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (2 hours)
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome: Assessing the Elevation Chain (1.25 hours)
  • Treatment of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome: Where to Begin (1.75 hours)
  • Treatment of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome: Addressing Shoulder and Upper Thoracic Limitations (1.5 hours)

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    Introduction to Pediatric Hand Therapy Part 1

    Presented by Mary Faussett, MOTR/L, CHT and Jill Peck-Murray, MOTR/L, CHT

    Introduction to Pediatric Hand Therapy Part 1

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    A therapist who treats pediatric patients may not be aware of the orthopedic aspects of care for a pediatric patient with hand or upper extremity injuries or conditions. An adult hand therapist may be aware of the pediatric conditions and developmental issues that can affect care of the pediatric hand patient. This course will introduce the things that are unique about the pediatric hand patient, the role of the pediatric hand therapist, and the common pediatric conditions seen by a pediatric hand therapist. Part 1 will also offer some strategies for successful evaluation and goal setting with pediatric hand patients.

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    Postoperative Rehabilitation for Tendon Transfers of the Wrist and Hand

    Presented by Aviva Wolff, EdD, OTR, CHT

    Postoperative Rehabilitation for Tendon Transfers of the Wrist and Hand

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    Video Runtime: 43 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 45 Minutes

    Tendon transfer surgery is major reconstructive surgery that is often performed after complex hand trauma as a salvage procedure. These injuries are complex and require specialized care and expertise for surgical and therapy management. This course will provide therapy practitioners with an in-depth understanding of the indications and considerations for tendon transfer surgery, common surgical tendon transfer approaches, and preoperative and postoperative treatment strategies based on neuroplasticity, biomechanical, and physiological principles.

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    Manual Edema Mobilization for the Upper Extremity

    Presented by Vivian Dim, OT Reg. (Ont.), BHSc (OT), MClSc (WH), CHT, LLCC, IIWCC

    Manual Edema Mobilization for the Upper Extremity

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    Video Runtime: 68 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 46 Minutes

    This course will offer an introduction to manual edema mobilization, which is a recognized best-practice treatment for individuals with persistent upper extremity edema following trauma. The course will offer foundational knowledge (the impact of edema and normal physiology) as well as practice knowledge (how to stimulate the lymphatics) through lecture and demonstrations, as well as insights from Sandra Artzberger, the developer of manual edema mobilization.

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    Track Your Strength

    The CHT Prep Program is based on both practice domains and body regions in alignment with the Hand Therapy Certification Commission (HTCC) CHT Test Blueprint. Over 200 test questions are mapped to these two matrices so participants can track their own strengths and weaknesses to prepare for the exam.

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    Practice Exam

    Test your grasp on hand therapy—try our practice question below!

    Case Excerpt:

    Mr. Tom was referred to your clinic one week status post right long finger extensor digitorum communis (EDC) repair in zone V. The referral states the surgeon wants the patient to be treated by immobilization with close supervision from the therapist. The repair site is distal to the juncturae tendinum interconnection. What is the best option for orthosis management?

    Question:

    What is the best option for orthosis management?
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    The correct answer is "WHFO: wrist in 35°–40° of extension, adjacent MCPs at 30° of flexion, long finger MCP at 0°, and IPs free"

    Fabricating an orthosis with proper positioning is crucial to success when following immobilization guidelines. In this case, the repair is distal to the juncturae tendinum interconnection. The juncturae tendinum are broad intertendinous connections diverging from the EDC, functioning dynamically to stabilize the MCP joints while also limiting independent tendon function. Placing the wrist in 35°–40° of extension helps reduce tension on the EDC. Placing the MCPs of the uninvolved fingers at 30° of flexion relative to the long finger MCP in neutral provides advancement of the proximal end of the severed tendon. This is due to the forces provided by the intertendinous connection’s further reducing tension on the repair.

    Reference: Evans, R. B. (2021). Rehabilitation following extensor tendon injury and repair. In T. M. Skirven, A. L. Osterman, J. Fedorczyk, P. C. Amadio, S. Felder, & E. K. Shin (Eds.). Rehabilitation of the hand and upper extremity (7th ed., pp. 464–477). Elsevier.

    Meet Our Instructors

    Kristin Valdes, OTD, OT, CHT

    Kristin Valdes was previously the owner of Hand Works Therapy in Sarasota, Florida, and was in private practice for more than 30 years. Currently, she is a full professor at Touro University in Henderson, Nevada. Her clinical expertise includes treatment of the hand, wrist, elbow, and shoulder; splinting; and arthritis. Dr. Valdes has published articles in the Journal of Hand Therapy, the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, the Journal of Physical Therapy Science, and Hand. She was a member of the boards of the American Society of Hand Therapists and the American Association for Hand Surgery. Dr. Valdes has published chapters of the Hand. She is an associate editor of the Journal of Hand Therapy. Dr. Valdes received her OTD degree with a specialization in hand rehabilitation from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in Provo, Utah.

    Ann Porretto-Loehrke, PT, DPT, CHT, COMT, CMTPT

    Ann Porretto-Loehrke is a skilled clinician with a passion for teaching and clinical treatment of upper extremity disorders. She serves as the clinical development coordinator at the Hand to Shoulder Center in Appleton, Wisconsin. Ann is a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) and a Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist (COMT) for treatment of the upper quadrant through the International Academy of Orthopedic Medicine (IAOM). Ann received a bachelor's degree in physical therapy from Marquette University in 1994 and completed a postprofessional Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) degree from Drexel University with a specialty in hand and upper quarter rehabilitation in 2007. She is also certified in dry needling through Myopain Seminars as a Certified Myofascial Trigger Point Therapist (CMTPT). Ann is a lead instructor who codeveloped the Hand & Upper Extremity Track through IAOM, a set of six manual therapy courses designed specifically for hand and upper extremity specialists. She coauthored a chapter in Rehabilitation of the Hand & Upper Extremity on nerve compression syndromes of the elbow and forearm and published two peer-reviewed articles entitled "Clinical Manual Assessment of the Wrist" and "Taping Techniques for the Wrist" in the 2016 Journal of Hand Therapy's special edition of the wrist. Ann has presented at American Society of Hand Therapists (ASHT) annual conferences, the Canadian Society of Hand Therapists (CSHT) Annual Conference, The Philadelphia Meeting, TRIA's Hand Therapy Conference, and Teton Hand Conferences. Connect with Ann on LinkedIn

    Deborah A. Schwartz, OTD, OTR/L, CHT

    Deborah A. Schwartz is a hand therapist with more than 34 years of experience as a practicing clinician. She has worked at Orfit Industries America for the past ten and a half years promoting product awareness and offering a variety of educational programming on orthotic fabrication. Debby is an active member of the American Society of Hand Therapy (ASHT) and has participated in the International Federation of Societies of Hand Therapy (IFSHT) meetings as well. She has presented on a variety of hand therapy topics at both national and international conferences and has written a number of articles for hand therapy publications, including the Journal of Hand Therapy, the British Journal of Hand Therapy, HAND, www.exploringhandtherapy.com, and OT Practice. Debby completed her Doctorate of Occupational Therapy at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. She presently teaches orthotic fabrication workshops for Orfit Industries America for both student occupational therapists and advanced clinicians. She is also an adjunct professor in the Occupational Therapy department of Touro College in New York City, where she teaches orthotic fabrication and an elective on hand therapy. Debby is currently writing several book chapters for hand therapy references and collaborating on a textbook of orthotic fabrication.

    Wendy K. Anemaet, PT, DPT, PhD, GCS, CWS, GTC, COS-C

    Dr. Wendy K. Anemaet, a physical therapist since 1989 in home health, acute care, rehabilitation, outpatient, and skilled nursing, is an associate professor at the School of Physical Therapy at Regis University in Denver, Colorado. Wendy received her Master's in Physical Therapy from the University of Southern California and her PhD in Aging Studies from the University of South Florida. She is a Geriatric Clinical Specialist and Certified Wound Specialist, has a Geriatric Training Certificate, and serves on the editorial board of Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation. She has co-authored books on home health rehabilitation and has published hundreds of articles on home health therapy in peer-reviewed and trade publications. She provides training nationally on geriatric strengthening, therapeutic exercise, wound assessment and management, and competency testing for home health physical therapists on the drug regimen review and pharmacology. Wendy has earned the Certificate for OASIS Specialist-Clinical (COS-C). Her research interests focus on exercise and older adults and clinical practice related especially to home care.

    Scott N. LaRaus, PT, DPT, CWS

    Dr. LaRaus is a 1992 graduate of Hunter College's Physical Therapy Program in New York. He obtained his postprofessional Doctorate of Physical Therapy at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in May 2008. He started out his career developing and implementing the University of Medicine and Dentistry's inpatient and outpatient wound care center and services. He has worked in a variety of settings, such as the University Medical Center at Princeton, where he is the senior physical therapist and where he co-organized the facility's original SWAT (Skin Wound Action Team) program, which develops and implements hospital-wide wound care protocol. He was the first physical therapist to be a program director for the Center for Wound Healing, where he developed and ran a successful outpatient wound management program. Currently, he is the director of inpatient rehabilitation services at the Memorial Hospital of Salem County for FOX Rehabilitation. Dr. LaRaus is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association's Acute Care section, where he served on the editorial advisory board of Acute Care Perspectives from 1997 to 2017. Dr. LaRaus also served on the peer-review panel for Advances in Skin & Wound Care, and he has written and produced with Slack Incorporated an interactive wound care CD-ROM for health professionals (June 2003). Dr. LaRaus has been a certified wound specialist with the American Board of Wound Management since June 1998. He has been an active member of the Association for the Advancement of Wound Care since 2000, where he has served on the Government and Regulatory Affairs Task Force, worked on the award-winning venous ulcer algorithm, and is the current cochair for the regulatory group. He serves as a member of the nominating committee and was the physical therapy board member from 2014 to 2017 for the Association for the Advancement of Wound Care. Dr. LaRaus is an active lecturer in the field and has presented at various universities as well as nationally to healthcare professionals and allied healthcare professionals in the field of wound care management. Connect With Scott on Linkedin

    Gary Solomon, MBA, MS, OTR/L, CHT

    Gary graduated from the occupational therapy program at Washington University in St. Louis in 1993 and became a certified hand therapist in 1999. He also received his MBA in 2010. He has worked as the director of therapy at Chicago Metro Hand Therapy, alongside the physicians of Hand to Shoulder Associates, since 1998 and has also served as adjunct faculty at Governors State University. His primary area of clinical interest is the postoperative management of traumatic upper extremity injuries. Gary is a past president of the American Society of Hand Therapists and has also served as vice president, secretary treasurer, and education division director for ASHT. He is currently the vice chairman of the American Hand Therapy Foundation and an affiliate board member for the American Association for Hand Surgery. He also serves on the Medical Advisory Board for Arthritis Today magazine. Gary lectures frequently and teaches continuing education courses throughout the United States.

    Virginia O'Brien, OTD, OTR/L, CHT

    A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions (Provo, Utah), Virginia first became interested in hand architecture during her fieldwork days. She is actively involved in clinical and biomechanical research of the thumb and the wrist, is a member of the AOTA Evidence Exchange committee and a member of the ASHT Research Committee, is a published author in the Journal of Hand Therapy (JHT), a contributing editor for the Year Book of Hand and Upper Limb Surgery since 2012, and is a reviewer for JHT and Journal of Hand Surgery. Virginia owns her own business, O'Brien Upper Limb Consulting LLC, and works full time clinically at University of Minnesota Health-Hand Center, a clinic of the Institute of Athletic Medicine in Minneapolis, MN, where she is the Hand Therapy Residency Coordinator. Since 2005 she has presented on a variety of hand related topics to therapists and physicians locally, nationally, and internationally.

    Jennifer T. Dodson, OTD, OTR/L, CHT

    Jennifer Dodson graduated from the Florida International University occupational therapy program in 1998. She has been practicing outpatient rehabilitation in Jacksonville, Florida, ever since. In 2002, she was honored to be chosen as a fellow for the Evelyn Mackin Hand Therapy Fellowship at the Philadelphia Hand Center. She became a certified hand therapist in 2004. Part of the mission of the fellowship was to have the fellow bring learned knowledge to an underserved area. To help fulfill this mission, she created her own continuing education company, 3Kings Upper Extremity Specialists, specializing in upper extremity rehabilitation. 3Kings Upper Extremity Specialists brings quality continuing education courses to Jacksonville with the support of local hand/plastic surgeons and CHTs from around the country. Additional goals of starting her own company were to unite the CHTs and MDs in the Jacksonville area, to promote evidence-based practice by holding journal clubs, and to mentor area therapists. Jennifer is an active member of the American Society of Hand Therapy and has served on the education council. She has been invited to lecture at local and national conferences around the US and Canada on various upper extremity topics. She currently works at UF Health Jacksonville, a level 1 academic trauma hospital. This allows her to practice in the two areas in which she is passionate: trauma and sports medicine. She previously served as a clinical hand specialist, where she developed the hand therapy program at the hospital. Through her years of practice, she has had the ability to start up hand therapy programs in various settings.

    Jeanine Beasley, EdD, OTR, CHT, FAOTA

    Jeanine Beasley, EdD, OTR, CHT, FAOTA is a professor at Grand Valley State University's Occupational Science and Therapy Department and is the coordinator of the OT Weekend/Hybrid Program. Jeanine is a frequent guest lecturer and has spoken in thirteen states and five countries. She has authored and coauthored nine book chapters and eight journal articles, many dealing with arthritis, orthotics, and the use of simulation in OT programs.

    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.

    Jamie L. Bergner, OTD, OTR/L, CHT, COMT

    Jamie L. Bergner has more than 20 years of clinical expertise as an experienced occupational therapist specializing in the care of clients after hand and upper extremity trauma, injury, and surgery. She is a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) and a Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist (COMT) working at a level 1 trauma center for Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee. Jamie is passionate about mentoring and teaching, and teaches online graduate courses as an adjunct faculty member for the MSOT program at Cox College in Springfield, Missouri. Continuing her own professional development, she obtained her postprofessional doctorate in occupational therapy with an elective track in academic education from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in 2016. Jamie teaches live continuing education courses nationally with the International Academy of Orthopedic Medicine - US, Hand and Upper Extremity Track. Invested in clinician-led research, Jamie has published in multiple peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Hand Therapy, the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery, the American Journal of Occupational Therapy, and OT Practice magazine. Jamie has presented at a local, state, and national level, including at the Tennessee Occupational Therapy Association, the Vanderbilt Hand & Upper Extremity Conference, the Wisconsin Hand Experience, the American Society of Hand Therapists Annual Meeting, and the American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference.

    Theresa Parry, OTR, CHT, COMT

    Theresa Parry is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse with a master of science in occupational therapy and a bachelor's degree in psychology. Theresa is a certified hand therapist and also became a certified orthopedic manual therapist of the upper quadrant through the International Academy of Orthopedic Medicine in 2015 and is now a faculty member with IAOM, teaching continuing education throughout the country. She is the therapy co-manager at the Hand to Shoulder Center of Wisconsin in Appleton, Wisconsin, where she specializes in both conservative and postoperative treatment of orthopedic conditions of the upper quadrant. More Info About Theresa Connect With Theresa on Linkedin/

    Mirka Normand, MA, OTR, CHT, COMT

    Ms. Normand graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from Laval University in Qu?bec, Canada. She completed a Hand Therapy Fellowship with Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Woman's University in 1999, in Houston TX and was certified as a hand therapist that same year by the Hand Therapy Certification Commission. She received her Advanced Master's degree with hand therapy emphasis in 2003 from Texas Woman's University. She was certified as an orthopedic manual therapist through The International Academy of Orthopedic Medicine-US (IAOM-US) in 2006, and soon after joined their faculty for the creation of a specialty Hand and Upper Extremity Track. Ms. Normand currently works as full time clinician for Yale New Haven Health System-L&M Hospital on the eastern coast of Connecticut, and lectures nationally for IAOM-US.

    Aviva Wolff, EdD, OTR, CHT

    Aviva Wolff is an occupational therapist and clinician-scientist with a strong background in motor control and movement analysis and extensive experience working with performing artists and individuals with musculoskeletal injuries. She currently consults for the Juilliard School and runs the upper extremity clinical movement analysis programs and hand and wrist biomechanics research at the Leon Root, MD, Motion Analysis Laboratory at Hospital for Special Surgery. Her research interest is in customizing interventions to each individual's occupational needs and pathology. She utilizes quantitative and qualitative analysis of upper extremity movement dysfunction to generate data to better inform surgery, therapy, and performance. She studies the underlying mechanisms of treatments for musculoskeletal conditions that affect upper extremity motion and function in order to further understand and develop more effective treatment strategies. Her research has focused on wrist biomechanics and function, elbow biomechanics and function, hand and arm function in brachial plexus injury and cerebral palsy, and upper extremity injury prevention in musicians. She has independently led and collaborated with orthopedic surgeons, scientists, and biomechanists on several funded studies that have led to multiple presentations and publications. Dr. Wolff has served in various leadership capacities in multiple professional organizations. More Info About Aviva Dr. Aviva Wolff's Website Follow Aviva on Twitter Connect With Aviva on LinkedIn

    Lenny Macrina, MSPT, CSCS

    Leonard (Lenny) Macrina is the cofounder and director of physical therapy at Champion Physical Therapy and Performance in Waltham, Massachusetts. He received his master's degree in physical therapy from Boston University. He has been teaching continuing education courses on shoulder rehabilitation and presenting at conferences around the United States since 2006. Lenny's work has been published in the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy (JOSPT), the International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy (IJSPT), the Sports Health journal, the American Journal of Sports Medicine (AJSM), and many more. His professional memberships include the APTA Massachusetts Chapter, APTA Sports Physical Therapy Section, American Sports Medicine Institute, and National Strength and Conditioning Association. More Info About Lenny Connect With Lenny on LinkedIn

    Eric Hegedus, PT, DPT, PhD, MHSc, OCS

    Dr. Eric J. Hegedus has had a notable 21-year career as a leader and innovator in physical therapist education, research, and clinical practice and is founding chair of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Department at High Point University. Dr. Hegedus also is founder and director of Targeted Enhanced Athletic Movement (TEAM), a community-based health and wellness program designed to improve athletic performance and prevent injury. In addition to his administrative duties, Professor Hegedus has directed and taught musculoskeletal practice management courses and has won the American Physical Therapy Association Orthopedic Section's James A. Gould teaching award. He is also a four-time winner of the Duke DPT Excellence in Teaching award and a three-time nominee for Duke Medical Center's prestigious Master Clinician Educator Award. In addition to his love for teaching, Dr. Hegedus is a lifelong student with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Slippery Rock University, a Master of Health Science degree from Duke University, a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Bucknell University, a board specialty in orthopedic physical therapy, and a specialty certification in strength and conditioning. Finally, Dr. Hegedus is a productive scholar with more than 40 peer-reviewed PubMed articles, three book chapters, and a textbook entitled Orthopedic Physical Examination Tests: An Evidence-Based Approach, now in its second edition and translated into five languages. Connect with Eric on Linkedin

    Andrew J. Opett, PT, DPT, OCS

    Andrew Opett received a bachelor of science degree in biology from the State University of New York at Geneseo in 1996; a bachelor of science degree in health sciences from Nazareth College of Rochester, New York, in 2000; and a master of science degree in physical therapy from Nazareth College of Rochester, New York, in 2001. He completed his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York, in 2012. Dr. Opett is board certified as a clinical specialist in orthopaedic physical therapy by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. Dr. Opett is clinical assistant professor at Nazareth College in Rochester, New York, and teaches course content in human gross anatomy, pathophysiology, differential diagnosis, pharmacology, and musculoskeletal management. He supervises student research projects within the realm of diagnosis and treatment of spine-related complaints. He also continues to practice physical therapy part-time in the Rochester area. Dr. Opett currently serves as the vice chair of the New York State Board for Physical Therapy. He also serves as the chair of the ethics committee for the New York State Physical Therapy Association.

    Mary Faussett, MOTR/L, CHT

    Mary "Peggy" Faussett is an occupational therapist and certified hand therapist. She graduated with a master's in occupational therapy in 2001 from Chatham University. She became a certified hand therapist in 2012. Peggy currently works at Children's Hospital Colorado as the program coordinator for the pediatric hand therapy program. She enjoys treating children of all ages with a variety of hand and upper extremity conditions. Peggy has presented both locally and nationally on pediatric hand therapy. When not working as an OT, Peggy enjoys spending time with her husband and two boys.

    Jill Peck-Murray, MOTR/L, CHT

    Jill Peck-Murray, MOTR/L, CHT, is a pediatric hand therapist. She worked as an occupational therapist/hand therapist at Rady Children's Hospital in San Diego, CA from 1982 through 2017. During her 35 years, she gained expertise, with special skills in creative splinting/orthotic intervention, and developed the hand therapy program for the hospital. She is currently devoting her time to sharing her knowledge with the therapy community by teaching continuing education courses. She has been teaching pediatric-oriented CE courses nationwide through Rehab Education, LLC since 2007. Jill has authored numerous journal articles, chapters on pediatric splinting/orthotic intervention in "Orthotic Intervention for the Hand and Upper Extremity" and "Foundations for Pediatric Occupational Therapy." She has also co-authored a book entitled "101 Creative Therapy Ideas." She has presented at annual conferences for professional organizations, including AOTA, ASHT, and OTAC. She has been an invited speaker several times at international conferences. She is currently the President of the San Diego Hand Special Interest Group.

    Susan Stralka, PT, DPT, MS

    Susan W. Stralka, PT, DPT, MS, is a licensed physical therapist with many years of experience treating both musculoskeletal and neurovascular consequences of injury. She earned her bachelor's degree, master's degree, and Doctorate in Physical Therapy from The University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center in Memphis, Tennessee (UTHSC). She has a strong clinical background in treating neurological and musculoskeletal consequences of injury. Susan has presented nationally and internationally in upper and lower extremity dysfunctions as well as pain management. Susan has written articles on a wide variety of topics related to physical therapy for many national publications and health journals. Her most recent publications are "Graded Motor Imagery" in the Journal of Hand Therapy 2011 and a chapter on "Thoracic Outlet Syndrome" in the book entitled Neck and Arm Pain Syndromes by Elsevier in 2011. In 2009, Susan was recognized by the Arthritis Association as Volunteer of the Year. With the goal of providing the best rehabilitative care to patients, Stralka continually recruits and supports innovative clinical programs to benefit future patients.

    Patty Anderson, OTR/L, CHT

    Patricia Anderson OTR/L, CHT has over three decades of clinical experience, with emphasis and specialization in burn and orthopedic care. She graduated from Texas Woman's University, School of Occupational Therapy in 1980 and received her Certification in Hand Therapy in 2002. She has worked in the acute, sub-acute and outpatient setting at Tampa General Hospital, a level one trauma center and home to Tampa Bay Regional Burn Center. She has dedicated much of her professional life to the many aspects of burn care and rehabilitation. She been an active member of the American Burn Association and has served on their Educational Committee and as a Chairman of the OT/PT Special Interest Group. She is a Certified Instructor for SOAR (Survivors Offering Assistance in Recovery) with the Phoenix Society, an international society for burn survivors. In addition she helped to develop and was coordinator for Tampa General Hospital's burn support group. In addition to her clinical work, Patricia has been an educator for continuing education courses and workshops at local, national and international conferences. She provides burn rehabilitation education for the University of South Florida Physical Therapy Program. She was a co-author of burn chapters in two publications for hand rehabilitation books.

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