On-Demand Sessions

Advocacy

This session will discuss hand therapists and advocacy. Advocacy is so important for any profession. In healthcare, with so many changes and legislation that can impact our profession, it is important to be informed and do your part. The session will...
Experienced hand therapist, practice owner and mentor JoAnn Keller explores the pros and cons of various models to be an entrepreneur as a hand therapist. This session compares business models of traditional private practice hand therapy with telehealth...
*The recorded session will be available within 24 hours of the live broadcast date. MAKING A DIFFERENCE: This esteemed panel will consist of leaders within the hand surgery and hand therapy community whose careers have focused on promoting the...
*The recorded session will be available within 24 hours of the live broadcast date. This session includes discussion about ASHT Practice Division activity, Division strategic direction and goals, insight into the critical role policymaking has on shaping...
Twitter is a valuable resource, enabling hand therapists to advocate for our profession while building learning and collaboration networks nationally and internationally. This workshop will be of interest to both novice and experienced users of the...

Applied Anatomy

Clinicians of all levels will benefit from this informative presentation that will compare the anatomical and morphological features of the human upper extremity to both modern and ancestral species in order to increase the understanding of the pathology...
This one-hour instructional course will study the detailed relationship between commonly diagnosed distal upper extremity injuries that may have associated proximal pathologies as the root issue. The course will detail three specific distal upper...
Get your patients out of that chair! This course is designed to improve hand therapist’s understanding of the body as a whole. Therapists will learn the kinetic chain connection with treatment for upper extremity conditions. The science and evidence of...

ASHT Business Meeting

*The recorded session will be available within 24 hours of the live broadcast date. This session will examine a variety of factors that are linked to improving healthcare access and outcomes for populations. Characteristics of our workforce and...

Behavioral/Mental health

Hand therapists know their protocols, but what happens when the greatest barriers to recovery are not just physical? In the rehabilitation of the injured worker, this concept is a common challenge with issues surrounding secondary gains and fear...
In hand surgery and hand therapy the problem is typically straightforward: base of thumb arthritis starting to be a bother; stiff PIP joint after a sprain or dislocation; working to regain motion after tendon laceration or fracture. And we sometimes...

Collaboration

*The recorded session will be available within 24 hours of the live broadcast date. Our lives are full of unique moments that fundamentally influence, teach, shape and change us. Defining moments are pivotal experiences and decisions that are not always...
*The recorded session will be available within 24 hours of the live broadcast date. Will discuss valuable partnership between hand surgeons and hand therapists and offer examples of valuable partnerships in history that many may not be aware of.

COVID-19

COVID-19 is a highly contagious, novel virus that has caused a worldwide pandemic in a relatively short period of time. While most are aware of the respiratory impact of the disease, preliminary data is showing a multi-system attack in moderate to severe...

Dupuytren's Contracture

*The recorded session will be available within 24 hours of the live broadcast date. Despite nearly 200 years of study, Dupuytren’s Disease continues to frustrate surgeons and therapists. Outcomes range from excellent, which keeps us going, to mediocre,...
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Ergonomics

Much time and effort and study has gone into perfecting the physics of a work station. Categories of faults have been identified (trunk flexion, neck extension, point loading, shoulder elevation, etc.). The marketplace is replete with “ergonomic devices...
Strategies to understand task demands, performance culture, and technical intervention presented by a musician and CHT. An innovative and complex analysis of the musician is required for optimal intervention. Utilizing environmental perspectives, the...

Forearm

This discussion of musculoskeletal elements will focus on practical/functional and clinical considerations of forearm rotation. Perspectives of a surgeon and hand therapist will emphasize the importance of coordinated motions of the distal radioulnar...

Hand/wrist

Complex wrist and hand injuries requiring partial or complete immobilization of joints can prolong recovery periods and decrease return to function, especially in the multi-trauma setting. Weight bearing and range of motion limitations prevent risk of...
A 36-year-old laborer sustained a crushing injury to the hand seven months previously and now complains of weakness of grip and difficulty clenching a fist--- Extrinsic tightness? Intrinsic tightness? Flexor adhesions? Extensor adhesions? Joint...
This session will provide the audience with a review of biomechanics of the TFCC and DRUJ, including a description of the ligaments richly innervated by mechanoreceptors, the role of the muscles in dynamic stability and the implications in the...
Distal radius fractures seem to have a bad reputation in the clinic. Not very interesting… a dime-a-dozen. This could not be farther from the truth! Fractures of the distal end of the radius are fascinating. Fracture patterns are innumerable and often...

Innovation

*The recorded session will be available within 24 hours of the live broadcast date. In the spirit of innovation, this panel will provide a unique presentation style. PechaKucha 20x20 is a simple and fast-paced presentation format during which each...
This proposed session will introduce the concept of telehealth for the hand therapist. An overview of legal considerations, reimbursement challenges, technology system set-up and basic structure of the therapist and patient processes will be discussed....

Nathalie Barr Lectureship Award

*The recorded session will be available within 24 hours of the live broadcast date. Our profession now faces unprecedented challenges. The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have been acutely catastrophic and the uncertainty of the effects of valued-based...

Nerve

*The recorded session will be available within 24 hours of the live broadcast date. Acute flaccid myelitis is the modern era poliomyelitis. The disease preys on healthy children. The virus affects the anterior horn cells and cranial nerves with...
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This collaborative course will apply current evidence with novel treatment ideas for surgical and conservative management of upper extremity nerve compression syndromes. Participants will be updated on surgical procedures followed by examining hand...
UN issues are obvious, but can we start to look higher up the chain to effectively address this? The position of the arm, carrying angle and olecranon position will all contribute to diminished function on this neural pathway. If we want to effectively...

Pediatrics

Adolescent hand pain is common, especially in today's society with homework, computers, etc. Some patients have underlying conditions that contribute to this. These conditions include juvenile idiopathic arthritis, hypermobility syndrome and...
The spectrum of radial longitudinal deficiency (RLD), including thumb hypoplasia, can present challenges to the hand therapist involved in an affected child’s non-operative or post-operative care. Because most surgical procedures are performed in...
Rehabilitation following trauma to the elbow, even in children, can be challenging. Not only is the goal to regain range of motion and strength for functional use, but children and adolescents must maximize their rehabilitation potential in order to...
This section will discuss two main areas: 1. a wide array of hand and finger fractures in the pediatric patient and how their treatment and therapy differs compared to adults. 2. evaluation and treatment of pediatric tendon injuries/lacerations. Specific...

Practice Management

Periodic analysis of the practice of hand therapy at five to seven year intervals is necessary to ensure that the Certified Hand Therapist examination reflects current practice, as well as to guide policies for regular recertification of hand therapists...

Pre-Conference: Cadaver Dissection

This course will use cadaver dissection to thoroughly review anatomy, key structures and functional relationships in the wrist and forearm region of the upper quarter. Surgical demonstration will highlight common procedures of the wrist, forearm and of...
This course will use cadaver dissection to thoroughly review anatomy, key structures and functional relationships in the shoulder and elbow region of the upper quarter. Surgical demonstration will highlight common procedures of the shoulder and elbow on...

Pre-Conference: Elbow

This course is a comprehensive survey of the evaluation and treatment of lateral epicondylosis. Topics covered will include evidence-informed best practices for use and dosage of exercise, orthotics, counter-force bracing, manual therapy and soft tissue...

Pre-Conference: Nerve

The superficial sensory system is a complex neural network that links the whole body. It allows or limits motion, it influence pain and it helps protect and support structures in the upper extremity. But among clinicians, it is poorly understood and...

Pre-Conference: Orthotics

This pre-conference is presented by the ASHT Education Division Hands On Orthotics Committee. Two static progressive orthoses will be fabricated. The first will improve wrist extension, and the second will provide a hand-based option to improve PIP...

Professional Development

Grab a snack, or whatever your lunch preference, and come meet with your fellow therapists and some inspirational leaders. You will come away with a better understanding of the governing structure of ASHT, and all the volunteer opportunities that are...
This session will describe detailed statistics regarding the Hand Therapy Certification Examination, examination procedure and analysis, along with insights from new CHTs about their successful preparation strategies.

Shoulder

This course will interweave surgeon and therapist perspective in the study of the management of rotator cuff pathology and proximal humeral fractures. Specifically, the surgeon and therapist will discuss, in detail, the rational and value of select...

Soft Tissue

The session will cover the fundamentals of Scleroderma's vascular pathology and its impact specific to the distal upper extremity. A conceptual approach to preventing tissue damage to vulnerable areas of the forearm and hand will be discussed. An...
Cutaneous functional units (CFU) can assist the therapist in the development of a rehabilitation program following a hand burn. Incorporating the location of the hand CFUs can influence the time length of the therapy sessions and treatment techniques to...
Scar pain or hypersensitivity is common following hand injury and surgery and is associated with long term impairment in hand function. This advanced session will present current evidence underpinning best practice in the evaluation and treatment of...
A lecture and lab presentation that introduces therapists to the anatomy and function of the fascial system. Application to common symptoms and diagnoses are discussed. Specific techniques are demonstrated and practiced so that participants will be able...
Hand therapists regularly perform wound care as part of their clinical practice, and are expected to have fundamental knowledge in wound healing. While most hand therapists are competent in wound care basics, many clinicians would also confide that they...

Sports

In 2018, over 25 million children between the ages of 6-12 played baseball. Since 2000, the rate of pitching-related injuries has doubled. Little League Elbow has reached epidemic levels and is increasingly treated by the hand surgeon/therapist team....
Indoor rock climbing is now a part of the Olympics and with this attention it is inevitable it will only further increase in popularity. This increase in participation of novice climbers and more intensive training amongst the elite will likely bring an...
In a large percentage of therapy practices, therapists are faced with avid and weekend amateur golfers wanting to golf in spite of an upper extremity medical condition or injury. As the avid golfer is pretty insistent on continuing to play and being with...
Olympians and elite athletes challenge their bodies to their highest potential to achieve goals that are unattainable to most people. The demands may exceed the physiological strength of their musculoskeletal structures and this can result in a...

Tendons

This course with cover the surgical and therapy management of chronic injury to the extensor mechanism. The course will include a brief anatomy review, description of conservative and surgical management of chronic deformities, reconstructions and...
*The recorded session will be available within 24 hours of the live broadcast date. This panel will share timeless lessons, as well as new research in the areas of flexor and extensor tendon injuries. The extensor tendon discussion will focus on zone III...

Thumb

Thumb CMC joint degenerative arthritis can be very debilitating. Symptom management typically begins with conservative treatment with a focus on patient education and therapy modalities. This course will present various orthotic options, the role of...