The Post Surgical Elbow, Wrist and Hand

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Why take this course?


This advanced level two-day course will provide the medical professional with information needed to effectively evaluate and treat clinically complex conditions of the elbow, wrist and hand through advanced clinical algorithmic solving. Pre and post-surgical evaluation and treatment techniques are discussed to improve the outcomes of common surgical procedures. This course builds on a general understanding of hand therapy concepts to the advanced clinical rationale in the complex upper extremity injury. Specific complex case studies were selected to review treatment options of the elbow, wrist and hand and will be followed by in-depth discussion of the various rehabilitation approaches. This course will also provide information that will improve outcomes by providing information on how to build a cutting-edge upper extremity therapy program. Topics that will be discussed include: crush injuries, soft tissue injuries, combination fracture/flexor and extensor tendon repair treatment, edema management, scar remodeling, the stiff hand, fractures, splinting concepts and arthritis.

This course also includes revolutionary splinting concepts to impact clinical outcomes and patient satisfaction. Surgical considerations and techniques will be presented to assist the clinician with the development of a thorough treatment program. Education provided with use “clinical pearls,” developed with over 20 years managing complex wrist and hand disorders. This course has been designed for the therapist to immediately apply the information in the clinical setting. This course is applicable for PT, PTA, OT, ATC.

The Post Surgical Elbow, Wrist and Hand

Course Objectives


  • Describe detailed aspects of the anatomy and advanced concepts of the biomechanics of the elbow, wrist and hand.
  • Describe the correlation between the functional anatomy of the upper body and current surgical procedures to develop comprehensive therapeutic rehabilitation programs.
  • Identify structural and functional limitation that can occur with complex injuries of the elbow, wrist and hand.
  • Develop a comprehensive rehab program to manage combination fractures/tendon repairs.
  • Discuss the role of the hand therapist for pre and post surgical intervention.
  • Describe the development establishing clinical pathways using an in depth view of the 3 phases of healing tissue and describe how clinical intervention can impact long term functional gains.
  • Describe how clinical intervention can impact long term functional gains.
  • Perform a thorough examination of the distal upper extremity, integrating biomechanical assessment with clinical problem solving.
  • Develop assessment techniques and treatment strategies of the elbow, wrist and hand to include soft tissue injuries, fractures, flexor and extensor tendon injuries, nerve compression and common arthritic problems.
  • Provide advanced splinting principles to complex injuries that result in effective and efficient clinical outcomes.

Instructed by: Edward Fiore, OTR/L, CHT, MED


Understanding a surgeon’s “algorithm” enabled me to identify specific surgical procedures and the projected outcomes.

Edward Fiore, OTR/L, CHT, M.Ed, CET, is a Certified Hand Therapist with over 20 years of experience in all areas of rehabilitation, with specialization in orthopedic management. Treatment specialization includes overuse syndromes, nerve compression, splint fabrication, tendon repairs and fractures of the upper extremity. The instructor also has specialized training with ergonomic job-site analysis. Mr. Fiore currently works for a private corporation and resides outside Charlotte, NC. He holds a Masters Degree in Education, with specialization in education technology. Mr.Fiore has lectured on management of common hand injuries, nerve compression and overuse syndromes. Over the past several years, he has instructed therapists on upper extremity evaluation and treatment. Mr. Fiore has had the distinct privilege of presenting at the Joint Session for American Society of Hand Therapists and the American Society for Surgery of the Hand. He has also presented to the Florida Hand Society at several annual meetings.

Course Dates


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State Continuing Education Course Approvals


All courses are pre-approved by the state licensing boards for physical therapists, physical therapy assistants and occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants and athletic trainers for license renewal in the state the course is offered.

Courses provided by AOTA providers are accepted by NBCOT. 1 hour = 1.25 PDU. North American Seminars is an AOTA provider, provider #4487

North American Seminars, Inc. (BOC provider #P2047) is approved by the Board of Certification, Inc. to provide continuing education to Athletic Trainers. This program is eligible for the maximum stated hours of Category A hours/CEUs. Athletic Trainers should claim only those hours actually spent in the education program.

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