Management of Upper Extremity Stiff Joints

Intermediate level course is designed to enhance the understanding of the impact of joint stiffness on functioning of the elbow, wrist, and hand. This comprehensive course provides an analytical approach to the rehabilitation of upper extremity stiff joints.

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

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

During hands-on lab sessions, course instructor(s) will evaluate each participant’s techniques/skills learned to determine proficiency for course completion. Post test at end of course will assess your new knowledge.

Course Objectives:

Upon completion of course, therapist will:

  • identify the anatomical structures of the joint
  • demonstrate the physiology of motion and causes of joint stiffness
  • describe physiology of the muscle and muscle contractures leading to stiffness
  • describe various stages of wound healing and it’s effect on joint stiffness
  • demonstrate the principles of splinting and CPM
  • effectively manage stiff hand, wrist and elbow by using the above knowledge

CE Credits

14 contact hours

BOC Skill 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.

 

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.

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-H4.

Illinois State Board of Physical Therapy: Approved CE Sponsor by Illinois State Board of Physical Therapy, Division of Professional Regulations, Approval #216.000227. (Course must be taken prior to 09-30-2020)

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 05-10-2019)

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:

    Alaska
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    Delaware
    District of Columbia
    Illinois
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    Louisiana
    Maryland
    Minnesota
    Mississippi
    Missouri
    Montana
    Nevada
    New Hampshire
    New York
    North Carolina
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    Ohio
    Oregon
    Oklahoma
    Pennsylvania
    Rhode Island
    South Carolina
    Tennessee
    Texas
    Vermont
    Virginia

    *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*:

    Georgia
    Kentucky
    Montana
    North Carolina
    Oregon
    Virginia

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

    Arizona
    Florida
    Indiana
    Mississippi
    Missouri
    Rhode Island
    Utah
    Vermont
    Wisconsin

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

    Arizona
    District of Columbia
    Rhode Island

    HELPFUL LINKS:
    *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

Agenda

Day 1: 8:00am to 5:00pm

Day 2: 8:00am to 4:00pm

Agenda Day 1:

8:00 – 9:00 Joint Structures
9:00 – 10:00 AM Muscle Physiology
10:00 – 10:15 AM Coffee Break
10:15 – 11:00 AM Normal Joint Motion
11:00 – 12:00 PM Wound Healing
12:00 – 1:00 PM Lunch Break
1:00 – 3:00 PM Management of Stiff Elbow
3:00 – 3:15 PM Coffee Break
3:15 – 5:00 PM Management of Stiff Wrist

Agenda Day 2

8:00 – 10:00 Management of Stiff Wrist
10:00 – 10:15 AM Coffee Break
10:15 – 12:00 PM Complex Mutilating Injuries
12:00 – 1:00 PM Lunch Break
1:00 – 2:00 PM Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
2:00 – 3:00 PM Concept of Joint Mobilization
3:00 – 3:15 PM Coffee Break
3:15 – 4:00 PM Clinical Application of CPM in Upper Extremity, Post-course assessment

Instructors:

Shrikant J. Chinchalkar OTR, CHT

Shrikant-J-Chinchalkar is a hand therapist at the Hand & Upper Limb Centre, St. Joseph’s Health Centre in London, Ontario, Canada.  He has 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 :