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Friday, April 26, 2019 8:00 AM EDT to Saturday, April 27, 2019
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2019 Georgia Hand and Upper Extremity
Special Interest Group Conference
Savannah, April 26 and April 27, 2019
Georgia Coastal Center, 305 Fahm Street
16 CEUs $375
Friday, 4/26

7 – 8 am Registration and Continental Breakfast

8 – 9 am “Clinical Decision Making for the Therapeutic Management of Pain”

Jane Fedorcyck, PT, PhD

This evidence informed presentation will focus on the examination of a patient’s perception of pain to determine primary and/or secondary sources of pain mediation. Accurate and thorough assessment of pain will allow the therapists to select the most appropriate options for pain management to restore function and maximizing patient outcomes. The reliance of therapeutic interventions to reduce the use of opioids will be emphasized.

9 – 10:30 am “A Comprehensive Review of Finger Fractures and Dislocations” – Physician/Therapist Presentation Dr. Gregory Kolovich and Bob Phillips, OTR/L CHT

10:30 – 10:45 am Break

10:45 – 12:30 pm “Abysmal Conditions and Treatment Options” Physican/Therapist Presentation Dr. Robert Hoffman, Dr. Ronald Levitt, Alison Walmsley, OTR/L, CHT

This presentation will focus on various difficult diagnoses, surgery and the rehabilitation sequelae of the upper extremity. From clavicle fractures to internal elbow hinges and gunshot wounds, you are certain to take away an educational pearl or two. These abysmal conditions are injuries will provide a dynamic discussion of how to manage these patients to create optimal outcomes

12:30 – 1:30 pm Lunch provided. Networking time with Exhibitors

1:30 – 4:45 pm Instructional Sessions (each participant will rotate through each workshop as directed)

Workshop A: Orthosis workshop – Gary Solomon, OTR/L, CHT

Workshop B: Cadaver Lab

Workshop C: Joint Mobilization – Alison Taylor, OTR/L CHT

Mobilization to correct joint alignment in the upper extremity can be complicated and daunting. This one-hour session will demonstrate simple mobilization techniques for the shoulder, elbow and wrist and fingers. These applications will result in improved ROM and pain relief- guaranteed!

The concepts joint alignment “setting” with isometrics, taping and dynamic strengthening with be discussed and participants will leave with new skills to use immediately.

3:30 – 3:45pm Break

3:45 – 4:45pm Return to last rotational session

5:00 pm – 6:30 pm Social and Networking Time Trolley City Tour ($10 per person, prepaid at Registration) Refreshments provided 15 min CEU provided on bus Hand Jeopardy


Saturday, April 27

7:00 – 7:30 am. Continental Breakfast provided

7:30 – 9:30 am “Expanding Options for Wrist Reconstruction” Dr. Raymond Noellert

“Treatment of Scaphoid Fractures and Acute Wrist Ligamentous Injuries” Dr. David Fiedler

Therapist’s Case Studies by Lisa Reynolds, OTR/L, CHT

9:30 – 9:45am Break

9:45 – 11:15 am. “The Elbow: Managing the Clinical Sequalae of Traumatic Elbow Injuries” Jane Fedorcyck, PT, PhD

For this presentation, traumatic elbow injuries are defined as fractures and /or dislocations affecting the articulations of the elbow complex. The common conditions that may occur as a result of a traumatic elbow will be addressed including joint stiffness, nerve injury and instability. Recommendations for evidence informed therapist’s examination and treatment will be discussed and reinforced through case examples.

11:15 am – 12:15pm “Paige’s Pearls: Tips and Tricks to Enhance Your Practice” Paige Kurtz, MS, OTR/L CHT

This fast-paced talk will share dozens of useful clinical tips and tricks sourced from over 20 years of practice. Highlights will include some great clinical applications of research, making it relevant to your practice. You’ll gain many new ideas to apply immediately upon your return to work.

12:15 – 1:30 pm Lunch provided Hanger lunch and Learn in Auditorium.

1:30 – 3:00 pm Concurrent Sessions

Session A: “Testing for Differential Diagnoses” Hands On Instruction Robert Medcalf, PT Dip MDT

Session B: “Upper Extremity Neural Pathway Mobilization” Hands On Instruction Andreas Mueller, PT, CFMT

Patients presenting with UE pain often develop increased sensitivity of the neural system which can be identified using the Upper Limb tension Test (ULTT). In patients with adverse neural tension, myofascial restrictions can be palpated along the nerve pathway. This presentation will demonstrate manual soft tissue mobilization techniques to perform along the upper extremity neural pathways to improve mobility as assessed with the ULTT.

3:00 – 3:15 Break

3:15 – 4:45 Concurrent Sessions

Session C: “Hand Anatomy Tutorial” Hands On Instructional Course Sherri Roberts, OTR/L, CHT

Come relax and enjoy drawing the anatomical structures of the hand. This basic to intermediate tutorial provides step by step guidance on how to draw and identify key structures in the hand. Participants will be given real time instruction and are provided a 3 – dimensional hand for practice and to take home. 65 participants only.

Session D: “MEM: A Helping Hand for Swelling Management” Instructional and Hands On Sandy Sublett, PT, DPT, OCS, CLT

Edema management is an everyday occurrence for hand therapists. Understanding the lymphatic system’s role in fluid homeostasis and interstitial protein removal is essential for effective swelling reduction. This class will give an overview of MEM, with a brief look at important lymphatic anatomy and physiology. Participants will be able to try two unique uses of tape for finger swelling and scar mobilization.