Fundamentals of Hand Therapy - Elsevier eBook on VitalSource, 2nd Edition
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Fundamentals of Hand Therapy - Elsevier eBook on VitalSource, 2nd Edition


Perfect for hand therapy specialists, hand therapy students, and any other professional who encounters clients with upper extremity issues, Fundamentals of Hand Therapy, 2nd Edition contains everything you need to make sound therapy decisions. Coverage includes hand anatomy, the evaluation process, and diagnosis-specific information. Expert tips, treatment guidelines, and case studies round out this comprehensive text designed to help you think critically about each client’s individual needs.

"Overall, a very clear readable style is adopted throughout, with theory supported by various anecdotal case studies. Excellent use is made of illustrations, and many chapters contain the helpful addition of ‘clinical pearls’ or ‘tips from the field’, which are an attempt to make transparent the links between theory and practice. In conclusion, this is an excellent core text for reference purposes." Reviewed by: British Journal of Occupational Therapy Date: Aug 2014

  • Emphasizes the development of clinical reasoning skills, describing the components of the evaluation process and addressing how to decide what to evaluate.
  • Covers a broad array of common diagnoses seen in hand therapy, including shoulder and elbow disorders, peripheral nerve problems, wrist and hand fractures, tendonitis and tendonosis, finger sprains and deformities, tendon injuries, arthritis, burns, infections, ganglion cysts, stiffness, Dupuytrens, and pediatric and geriatric hand problems.
  • Diagnostic-specific information and treatment guidelines follow a consistent format:
    • Overview
    • Diagnosis and pathology
    • Timelines and healing
    • Anatomy
    • Treatment (non-operative and/or operative)
    • Questions to ask the doctor
    • What to say to clients
    • Evaluation tips
    • Diagnosis-specific information that affects clinical reasoning
    • Tips from the field
    • Precautions and concerns
    • Role of therapy assistants
    • Case examples
  • Offers topics to use as mental prompts when working in the clinical setting:
    • Questions to ask the doctor
    • What to say to clients
    • Tips from the field
    • Precautions and concerns
  • Over 400 illustrations in the text and on the CD demonstrate important concepts.
  • Case studies in the common diagnoses chapters demonstrate the use of clinical reasoning and highlight the "human" side of each client encounter.
  • Clinical pearls and precautions share advice from the author and contributors, learned from years of clinical experience.
  • Describes the role of the therapy assistant with the client, showing how the therapy assistant may be included in the therapy process.
  • Glossary includes key terms from the text, offering easy access to definitions of key terms.
  • CD provides samples of hand therapy exercises and clinical forms that may be used with clients.
    • NEW! Chapters on yoga and pilates provide guidance into new ways to treat upper extremity problems.
    • NEW! Chapter on wound care gives you a thorough foundation on how wounds impact therapeutic outcomes.
    • NEW! Chapter on orthotics has been added to cover basic splinting patterns.
    • NEW! Online resources help assess your understanding and retention of the material.

    Part One: Fundamentals 1. Fundamentals: Hand Therapy Concepts and Treatment Techniques 2. Functional Anatomy 3. Edema Reduction Techniques: A Biologic Rationale for Selection 4. Tissue-Specific Exercises for the Upper Extremity 5. Evaluation of the Hand and Upper Extremity 6. Clinical Reasoning and Problem Solving to Prevent Pitfalls in Hand Injuries 7. Orthotics: Essential Concepts 8. Assessment of Functional Outcomes 9. Hand Coordination 10. Roles of Therapy Assistants in Hand Therapy 11. Some Thoughts on Professionalism

    Part Two: Pain and Integrative Strategies 12. Perspectives on Pain 13. Fundamentals of Client-Therapist Rapport 14. How Hand Therapists' Words Affect the Therapeutic Relationship 15. Clients with Functional Somatic Syndromes or Challenging Behavior 16. Narratives in Hand Therapy 17. Personality Type and Patient Education in Hand Therapy 18. Using Dance in Hand Therapy 19. Applying Pilates Concepts to Hand Therapy 20. Yoga Therapeutics: A Biopsychosocial Approach

    Part Three: Clinical Reasoning and Treatment Guidelines for Common Diagnoses of the Upper Extremity 21. Wound Care 22. Shoulder Diagnoses 23. Elbow Diagnoses 24. Peripheral Nerve Problems 25. Wrist Fractures 26. Wrist Instabilities 27. Hand Fractures 28. Elbow, Wrist, and Hand Tendinopathies 29. Finger Sprains and Deformities 30. Flexor Tendon Injury 31. Extensor Tendon Injury 32. Tendon Transfers 33. Arthritis 34. Burns 35. Infections 36. Ganglions and Tumors of the Hand and Wrist 37. Traumatic Hand Injury Involving Multiple Structures 38. Preventing and Treating Stiffness 39. Dupuytren’s Disease 40. The Neurological Hand 41. Hand Therapy for Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy Glossary

    Cynthia Cooper, MFA, MA, OTR/L, CHT, Owner of Cooper Hand Therapy, Scottsdale, AZ, USA


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