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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.

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Therapy Management of Adult Traumatic Brachial Plexus Injury

Presented by Aviva Wolff, EdD, OTR, CHT

Therapy Management of Adult Traumatic Brachial Plexus Injury

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Video Runtime: 53 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 53 Minutes

Adult brachial plexus injuries are traumatic and complex and require specialized care and expertise for therapy management. Initial care is routinely provided in specialized centers and then continued at local clinics. The typical therapy practitioner does not treat these injuries frequently and often lacks the knowledge and skill required. This course will assist practitioners in developing appropriate treatment plans by providing an in-depth understanding of the anatomy and mechanics of the brachial plexus, the mechanism of injury, and available surgical repair options, such as tendon transfers, nerve repair, and nerve transfers. The course will provide practitioners with guidelines for assessment, preoperative management, and postoperative management of this patient population. This course is designed for occupational and physical therapists of all levels.

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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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Musician's Dystonia and Maladaptive Neuroplasticity

Presented by Aviva Wolff, EdD, OTR, CHT

Musician's Dystonia and Maladaptive Neuroplasticity

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Video Runtime: 50 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 14 Minutes

This course will describe musician's dystonia and discuss the incidence, prevalence, and risk factors of hand dystonia in musicians. We will review neuroplasticity principles and the maladaptive neuroplasticity of focal dystonia. We will describe dystonia-specific assessment tools and tests. We will discuss how to apply neuroplasticity principles to sensorimotor rehabilitation approaches and retraining the brain to modulate neuroplasticity and drive change.

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Managing Performance-Related Musculoskeletal Injuries in Musicians

Presented by Aviva Wolff, EdD, OTR, CHT

Managing Performance-Related Musculoskeletal Injuries in Musicians

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Video Runtime: 69 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 14 Minutes

In this course, participants will be instructed in how to develop a customized program that is based on scientific principles and current evidence of injury prevention and management. This course will review the unique risk factors facing musicians, and common causes of upper extremity musculoskeletal injury. We will review assessment methods to correctly identify faulty movement patterns, poor practice habits, and demonstrate how to use movement and functional analysis to identify the source of the problem and develop customized recommendations for a range of instruments and conditions. We will discuss methods to optimize musculoskeletal health and improve performance. We will address instrument-specific ergonomic requirements and learn how to select the correct exercises and rehabilitation strategies to prevent and manage common injuries in musicians and guide safe return to play.

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Wrist Instability: Considerations for Treatment

Presented by Aviva Wolff, EdD, OTR, CHT

Wrist Instability: Considerations for Treatment

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Video Runtime: 36 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 24 Minutes

This course will review the basic carpal anatomy, biomechanics and pathomechanics that contribute to common wrist instability patterns. We will explain how the anatomical and biomechanical contributions to joint stability and instability inform the development of rehabilitation treatment approaches. We will discuss current therapy interventions including orthotic intervention, proprioception, wrist stabilization exercises, and the role of the muscles in carpal stability. We will review the progression of rehabilitation for common wrist ligament injuries.

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