Simplifying Biomechanics of the Elbow

This comprehensive, intermediate to advanced level course focuses on the management of the elbow. This lecture and lab course is designed to enhance the understanding of the complexity of the elbow joint, and the assessment and management of various conditions affecting this joint.

The purpose of this course is to enhance theoretical and practical knowledge to be better able to problem solve and design treatment programs for a variety of upper extremity conditions.

Video clips, animation and fresh cadaver dissection films presented throughout the presentation demonstrate clinical reasoning and simplify understanding of this complex topic.

  • Course features an in-depth presentation of: 
  • anatomy of the elbow joint and forearm
  • elbow and forearm mechanics
  • distal humeral fractures
  • olecranon and coronoid fractures
  • radial head fractures
  • dislocations of the elbow
  • postero-lateral rotary instability
  • compression neuropathies of the elbow
  • management of the stiff elbow

Program subject to change. During hands-on lab sessions, course instructor(s) will evaluate each participant’s techniques/skills learned to determine proficiency for course completion. This course content is not intended for use by any participants outside the scope of their license or regulation.

 Course Objectives:

Upon completion of course, therapist will understand:

  • the anatomy of the elbow
  • motion of the elbow joint
  • trauma and its effect on stiffness of the elbow joint
  • management of fractures and dislocations of the elbow
  • management of nerve compression around the elbow

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.


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.

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 05-10-2022)

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 Sign-in begins at 7:30am


8:00 – 9:00 Pre-Test
Anatomy and Biomechanics of the Elbow
9.00 – 10.00 Cadaver dissection Video
10:00 – 10:15 Break
10:15 – 12:00 Evaluation of the Elbow Joint – Hands on
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch
1:00 – 2:00 Cadaver dissection Video
2:00 – 3:00 Distal Humeral Fractures
3:00 – 3:15 Break
3:15 – 5:00 Radial Head fractures



8:00 – 9:00 Olecranon Fractures
9:00 – 10:00 Cadaver Dissection Video
10:00 – 10:15 Break
10:15 – 12:00 Elbow dislocations and Instability
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch
1:00 – 2:00 Biceps and Triceps Repairs
2:00 – 3:00 Elbow Contracture prevention and Treatment
3:00 – 3:15 Break
3:15 – 4:00 Entrapment Neuropathies of the Elbow 


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 :