The Hand: An Analytical Approach to Hand Rehabilitation

A great hand therapy review course for the hand therapy certification exam!
This comprehensive two day course provides an analytical approach to hand rehabilitation for therapists who want to enhance their theoretical knowledge to be better able to problem solve and design treatment programs for a variety of upper extremity conditions.

Lecture includes video clips and animation of pathomechanics, treatment, cadaver dissection, and surgery to further enhance the educational experience.

Program subject to change. Participants are cautioned to apply new information and skills within the scope of state licensure law.

Course Objectives:

Upon completion of course, therapist will:

  • recognize the architecture and muscle physiology of the hand
  • identify the  effects of wound healing on hand biomechanics
  • identify how to analyze vectors that cause an imbalance of the hand
  • recognize and demonstrate techniques used to treat the pathomechanics of various hand deformities
  • recognize and differentiate the mechanism of digital flexion and extension
  • design and write a treatment plan for a variety of hand conditions

Course features an in-depth presentation of: 

  • Architecture of the Hand
  • Muscle Physiology
  • Wound Healing
  • Hand Mechanics and Vector Analysis
  • Biomechanics of the Thumb
  • Hand Fractures
  • Distal Radius Fractures
  • Nerve Injuries
  • Physiology of Digital Flexion And Management of Flexor Tendon Injuries including Tenolysis, Tendon Grafts and Transfers
  • Physiology of Digital Extension and Management of Extensor Tendon Injuries
  • Secondary Deformities of the Hand
  • Mutilating Injuries of the Hand

CE Credits

14 contact hours in upper extremity and hand therapy education

BOC Level: Advanced
This course is accepted by many professional credentialing organizations and state professional regulatory boards. Rules and regulations change frequently without notification, and apply differently to live and online courses. Please check with your state board to confirm accuracy of this list and acceptance of contact hours. Certificate of Attendance will be issued to all participants upon completion of the course and may be used for CEU verification of credits. CE credits vary by state. Please check with your state board/certifying agency to confirm conversion of contact hours to CE. See links below.


California OT Board: This course and instructor have been approved by the CA Board of OT for 14 contact hours of post-professional education in the advanced practice area of hand therapy. Approval #22-H1.

Physical Therapy Board of California: The Physical Therapy Board of California recognizes Rehab Education, LLC as an approval agency to approve providers offering continuing competency courses for CA licensed PTs and PTAs. This course is approved for 14 contact hours.

Idaho Occupational Therapy Board: Approved by the Idaho Occupational Therapy Board. Approval #4080

Idaho Physical Therapy Board: This course has been approved by the Idaho Physical Therapy Board. Approval #4081.

NY State Physical Therapy Board: Rehab Education, LLC is recognized as an approved provider of PT and PTA continuing education by the NY State Education Department Board of Physical Therapy. (Course must be taken prior to 05-10-2022)

American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Approved Provider #6177: See states that currently recognize AOTA Approved Providers for OT

  • AOTA Approval States

    These states currently recognize AOTA Approved Providers for OT continuing education either in regulatory language or by formal written communication to AOTA:

    District of Columbia
    New Hampshire
    New Mexico
    New York
    North Carolina
    North Dakota
    Rhode Island
    South Carolina
    South Dakota

    *Disclaimer: Rehab Education LLC provides this list for your convenience. At the time of listing, the following state boards accept courses by virtue of approval by other organizations. It is the responsibility of the participant registering for a course to check with their state board to confirm rules and regulations regarding acceptance of contact hours for live and online courses.

    The following PT Boards accept courses approved by other state PT boards or APTA state associations*:

    North Carolina

    The following PT Boards accept courses approved by other APTA state associations*:

    Rhode Island

    The following PT Boards accept courses provided by AOTA approved providers*:

    District of Columbia
    Rhode Island

    *NBCOT…National Board for Certification of Occupational Therapy (view PDU requirements)

    +HTCC… Hand Therapy Certification Commission  (view recertification requirements)
    Hand Therapy Certification Commission (HTCC): This course is accepted by HTCC towards re-certification.

    State PT Boards
    State OT Boards


Day 1: 8:00 am – 5:00pm. Registration begins at 7:30 am.

Day 2: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Agenda Day 1

7:30 – 8:00 Registration
8:00 – 10:00 Pre-Test
Architecture of the Hand
Muscle Physiology
10:00 – 10:15 Break
10:15 – 12:00 Wound Healing
Hand Mechanics and Vector Analysis
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch, on your own
1:00 – 3:00 Biomechanics of the Thumb
3:00 – 3:15 Break
3:15 – 5:00 Physiology of Digital Flexion
Flexor Tendon Management

 Agenda Day 2

8:00 – 10:00 Physiology of Digital Extension
Extensor Tendon Management
10:00 – 10:15 Break
10:15 – 12:00 Skeletal System Injuries
Nerve Injuries
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch, on your own
1:00 – 3:00 Secondary Deformity of the Hand
3:00 – 3:15 Break
3:15 – 4:00 Mutilating Injuries of the Hand
Post-course assessment

* program subject to change


Shrikant J. Chinchalkar OTR, CHT

Shrikant-J-Chinchalkaris a hand therapist with over 40 years of clinical experience in treating upper extremity conditions and over 30 years of teaching experience. He designed and developed Hand Therapy programs at four major teaching centers in Canada. He conducted many instructional courses on upper extremity rehabilitation in over 20 countries in the world and has won many awards for his presentations. He has over 250 presentations to his credit.

He was awarded the “Dr. Paul Brand Award of Excellence” by the American Society of Hand Therapists (ASHT), “Award of Leadership” by the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT), “Award of Excellence” by the Sisters of St. Joseph’s Hospital, “Best Educator” by the  Western University and the “Lifetime Membership Award” by the Canadian Society of Hand Therapists. He authored five book chapters and has published 27 papers and 15 abstracts in numerous peer-reviewed journals related to Upper Extremity Surgery and Therapy.

Classes taught by Shrikant J. Chinchalkar :

Comments about the instructor…

“Excellent speaker! Particularly impressed with his ability to apply biomechanical understanding to critical thinking in practice management.”

“Excellent presentation!”

“Excellent instruction overall–lots of things to think about.”

“Excellent job correlating biomechanics with impact on treatment/conditions seen post injury.”

“…very thorough without being overwhelming.”

“Wonderful class. Very informative and comprehensive.”