Doctors Demystify Current Science Objectives, Methods, Content Focus

DD Current Science for Hand Therapists


The hand therapist will intensively review upper limb anatomy, relevant biomechanics, and current perspectives 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 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 underpinning treatments for upper extremity bone, tendon, muscle, and joint conditions
  • 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

TEACHING METHODS (see complete schedule for details)

  • 27 VIDEO LECTURES: including current concepts of healing in bone, tendon, muscle, skin, cartilage, nerve
  • MODEL MAKING: flexor tendons and sheaths, brachial plexus, collagen cross linking
  • LEARNING REINFORCEMENTS:  self-assessment exams, quiz games
  • 4 Q/A SESSIONS WITH FACULTY MEMBERS:  improving the science, answering your clinical questions


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