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Disciplines: Occupational Therapy
Hours: 4 Contact Hours
Author(s): Debbie Amini, EdD, OTR/L, CHT, FAOTA
Peer Reviewer(s): Teri Bielefeld, PT, CHT
Item#: I6314
Content: 1 Course Book (72 pages)
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Conservative and Surgical Management of the Osteoarthritic Hand and Wrist: An Occupational Therapy Perspective

Price $39.95
Item # I6314
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Expiration Date: September 2, 2019

This intermediate-level course provides a detailed overview of the pathophysiology and mechanics of the joints of the hand of those diagnosed with OA. In-depth information is presented on the medical diagnosis of OA, including the criteria established by the American College of Rheumatology, the distinction between primary and secondary OA, the taking of a client history, and the physical examination. The management goals and treatment options in managing OA are discussed, including conservative medical management, pharmacology, physical and occupational therapy interventions, and surgical options.

AOTA Content Focus: Occupational Therapy Process: Evaluation, Intervention, Outcomes

Course Objectives

  • Describe the etiology and pathophysiology of osteoarthritis (OA) of the hand and wrist.
  • Describe the process and criteria for reaching a medical diagnosis of OA.
  • Identify the goals and treatment options for managing OA.
  • Describe the management and treatment of osteoarthritis of the proximal and distal finger joints, including occupational therapy interventions.
  • Describe the management and treatment of osteoarthritis of the carpometacarpal thumb joint, including occupational therapy interventions.
  • Describe the management and treatment of osteoarthritis of the wrist, including occupational therapy interventions.

Debbie Amini, EdD, OTR/L, CHT, FAOTA, is the director of professional development for the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). She received her bachelor of science degree in occupational therapy from Quinnipiac University, her master’s degree in education from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, and her doctorate in education from North Carolina State University. A certified hand therapist since 1991, Dr. Amini worked as the director of an occupational therapy assistant program for 14 years before becoming an assistant professor of occupational therapy at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC. She served a three-year term as chair of AOTA’s Commission on Practice and is the author of several AOTA official documents. Since 1999, Dr. Amini has written bimonthly print columns in Advance for Occupational Therapy Practitioners, including “Hands On” and “Inside Occupation.” Her articles have appeared in Advance for Directors in Rehabilitation, the PD-SIS quarterly newsletter, OT Practice magazine, and AJOT. In addition to authoring online courses and textbook chapters, she has contributed the hand, wrist, and forearm component of the Occupational Therapy Practice Guidelines for Individuals with Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses published by AOTA. Dr. Amini has presented at the AOTA, NCOTA, and ASHT annual conferences and has conducted regional 2-day workshops on the topics of hand therapy and authentic OT practice.

Teri Bielefeld, PT, CHT, is a graduate of the program in physical therapy at Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She has worked at the Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee for the past 34 years and holds the position of PT clinical specialist in the outpatient physical therapy clinic. Ms. Bielefeld is a clinical instructor in the physical therapy programs at Marquette University, Carroll University, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has been a certified hand therapist since 1991 and has lectured nationally and internationally on numerous hand rehabilitation topics. She has authored articles, a monologue, and a chapter titled “Therapist’s Management of the Thumb Carpometacarpal Joint with Osteoarthritis” in Rehabilitation of the Hand and Upper Extremity (6th edition). She twice served as president of the Hand Rehabilitation Section of the American Physical Therapy Association, and serves as its Treasurer. Ms. Bielefeld received the Marquette University 2000 Merit Award for distinguished professional achievement and the 1998 American Physical Therapy Association Henry O. and Florence P. Kendall Award for Clinical Excellence.

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.
  • There are no prerequisites for this course.