How comfortable are you in managing a post-surgical patient? Are you dependent on generalized protocols, or can you think outside the box? Do you feel confident treating a post-op patient who walks into the clinic with bulky dressings and no prescription? Therapists who are not only empowered with the knowledge of healing properties of tissue, but also the evidence to support specific treatments, find that clinical reasoning produces much better outcomes than standardized protocols.
This two-day advanced course is designed to give you the tools needed to become a critical thinker when developing a comprehensive program for the post-op elbow wrist and hand.
A systematic overview of the anatomy/physiology and common structures involved in specific diagnoses will be provided along with healing timelines for fractures, nerves, tendons and soft tissue. Post-operative wound care will also be discussed, including dupuytrens release, pin/fracture care and incision/open wound management.
This evidence based information will give you the confidence to progress your patient through the healing stages while considering the pathophysiology and pharmacological effects in the rehabilitation of your post-surgical patient. Review of post-operative diagnostic images will help increase your capacity to correlate imaging and clinical findings. Throughout this course, the importance of patient-centered care, professional collaboration and current evidence-based interventions will be emphasized to ensure exceptional patient outcomes.
At the end of this seminar, participants will be able to utilize clinical reasoning skills to establish treatment plans to promote proper healing and function in the post surgical elbow, wrist and hand patient.
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