presented by Virginia O'Brien
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Virginia O'Brien, OTD, OTR/L, CHT
A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions (Provo, Utah), Virginia first became interested in hand architecture during her fieldwork days. She is actively involved in clinical and biomechanical research of the thumb and the wrist, is a member of the AOTA Evidence Exchange committee and a member of…Read full bio
1. Evaluation: Functional Impairment due to Thumb Pain?
Chapter One reviews thumb pain and how it affects every area of function and every occupation of life. The evaluation of the thumb starts with a functional assessment.
2. Observations and Evaluation of the Thumb
Chapter Two will review the essential aspects of evaluating baseline range of motion (ROM) in all planes, including strength and sensory tests related to the thumb. Evidence based measures for thumb abduction ROM will be presented.
3. Thumb Pain
Chapter Three will review various other diagnoses, including acute and cumulative trauma or repetitive stress injuries, which can contribute to thumb pain. Thumb care is life-long so it is important to empower patients to continue to adaptively engage in life with skills to care for their thumbs.
4. Differential Diagnostic and Provocative Tests for the Thumb
Chapter Four will review differential diagnostic and provocative tests which add to the evaluative findings to help confirm or differentiate the pain in the thumb. This helps “paint the picture” for intervention.