An Evolutionary Perspective of Upper Extremity Conditions

Date/Time: Fri, October 2, 2020 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM


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 underlying many common conditions including carpal tunnel syndrome, scaphoid fractures and basal joint arthritis. Treatment strategies for these conditions will also be briefly discussed where applicable.


  • Summarize the evolutionary development of the human upper extremity

  • Identify key anatomical and morphological similarities and differences between the human upper extremity and the forelimbs of other species

  • Recognize how these similarities and differences may contribute to the pathology underlying many of the conditions commonly seen in the clinic