presented by Jennifer T. Dodson
Financial: Jennifer Dodson receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.
Non-Financial: Jennifer Dodson has no competing non-financial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.
Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.
Jennifer T. Dodson, OTR/L, CHT
Jennifer graduated from the Florida International University occupational therapy program in 1998. She has been practicing outpatient rehabilitation in Jacksonville, Florida, ever since. In 2002, she was honored to be chosen as a fellow for the Evelyn Mackin Hand Therapy Fellowship at the Philadelphia Hand Center. She became a certified hand therapist in 2004. Part…Read full bio
1. Evidence-Based Practice
The challenges of incorporating evidence-based practice will be discussed. Suggestions on solutions are introduced, and reflection of one’s own clinical practice is encouraged.
2. Exercises to Perform Throughout the Wound Healing Process
Evidence-based exercises will be presented based on biomechanical studies, with a focus on early motion versus delayed, provided there is appropriate stability. Addressing noninvolved structures will also be addressed to prevent unnecessary joint contractures and muscle weak-ness that can further limit occupational performance.
3. Manual Therapy and Orthosis Use in Complex Elbow Injuries
Manual therapy interventions to address edema, pain, and joint hypomobility throughout the phases of rehabilitation will be discussed. A review of evidence regarding use of orthoses to address el-bow contractures will also be presented to allow therapists to assist in clinical decision-making.
4. Adherence to Therapy Program
This chapter will present suggestions, based on research, regarding adherence to therapy programs. The role of the therapist in increasing patient adherence to achieve greater functional outcomes and patient satisfaction will be discussed.