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Complex Elbow Injuries Part 1: Evaluation Considerations

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

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Financial: Jennifer Dodson receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.

Non-Financial: Jennifer Dodson has no competing non-financial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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This course will review considerations a therapist must address during a comprehensive evaluation of traumatic/complex elbow injuries. Therapists must also be knowledgeable about the types of complex elbow fracture diagnoses they may see in documentation or on therapy prescriptions, to determine what structures are involved. To begin the course, a review of the wound healing process as it relates to all structures involved will be presented. Following this, pertinent biomechanical studies will be reviewed that will impact decisions made by therapists through all phases of rehabilitation. Lastly, special considerations on emerging areas of practice will be discussed that can assist the therapist in developing a more client-centered treatment plan. In the literature, various terms are used to describe complex traumatic injuries. Due to this variability, the injuries in this course will address those that are a result of trauma that involves damage to two or more of the following structures: soft tissue (skin/fascia), bone, muscle, tendon, ligament, blood vessels, and peripheral nerve injuries.

Meet Your Instructor

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.…

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1. Review of the Wound Healing Process as It Relates to Complex Injuries

It is vital that therapists possess an understanding of the wound healing process when evaluating patients with complex injuries. This chapter will review the stages of wound healing in relation to various structures involved in complex elbow injuries.

2. Anatomy and Biomechanics of the Elbow

A brief review of anatomy and biomechanical studies will be presented to increase understanding of each structure that may be involved in the injury begin treated. Addressing noninvolved structures will also be addressed to prevent unnecessary joint contractures and muscle weak-ness that can further limit occupational performance.

3. Special Considerations When Evaluating Complex Elbow Injuries

The IHI Triple Aim of health care and the roles that occupational and physical therapists play in achieving this is discussed. Health literacy will be introduced and explored in regard to performing a holistic evaluation of the patient. This emerging topic and its impact on therapeutic outcomes will be discussed.

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