Doctors Demystify Current Science Objectives,Methods, Content Focus

DD Current Science for Hand Therapists


The hand therapist will receive an intensive review of upper limb anatomy, relevant biomechanics, and a current perspective on wound healing of the various tissues that constitute the upper limb.  Upon completion of the course, the registrant will be able to
  • describe in detail the gross anatomy, including common anomalies, of the upper extremity, including the brachial plexus
  • identify the anatomical structures of the upper extremity on cross-sectional displays
  • describe the current concepts of wound healing for musculoskeletal tissues
  • recognize the appearance of bone, tendon, muscle, nerve, skin, and subcutaneous tissue on histological section
  • describe the basic pharmacology of anti-inflammatory and anti-rejection drugs commonly used for upper extremity disorders
  • describe the biomechanical principles on which treatments for bone, tendon, muscle, and joint conditions in the upper limb are based
  • describe the scientific basis of commonly used therapeutic modalities
  • identify and name the carpal bones both individually, on x-rays of normal wrists, and on x-rays showing common wrist pathologies
  • formulate patient management plans based on current science
  • educate patients about the current scientific basis of their diagnoses and treatments


  • MODEL MAKING: flexor tendons and sheaths, brachial plexus, collagen cross linking
  • HANDS-ON DEMONSTRATIONS:  intrinsic/extrinsic motors, tenodesis, tendon repair
  • ELECTRONIC MEDIA:  computer-generated anatomy, tenolysis, Dupuytren treatment
  • LEARNING REINFORCEMENTS:  self-assessment exams, quiz games
  • LECTURES:  current concepts of healing in bone, tendon, muscle, skin, cartilage, nerve
  • DISCUSSIONS:  improving the science, answering your clinical questions


  • Professional issues: education; OT process: evaluation, intervention