Netherlands, Utrecht

Rehabilitation of the Hand

when 6 July 2020 - 17 July 2020
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 5 EC
fee EUR 950

This course is intended for students and recent graduates in physiotherapy and related fields interested in hand therapy. For those interested in pursuing a career in hand therapy this course will provide an excellent foundation. For others, it will provide a solid base of knowledge for occasional 'hand patients'. The purpose of this two-week summer course is to provide participants with knowledge and skills of the most common diseases, injuries and surgeries of the hand and wrist. To do all this we will use various interactive methods to encourage clinical reasoning. You are expected to prepare a pre-reading assignment.

This course is intended for students and recent graduates in physiotherapy and related fields interested in hand therapy. For those interested in pursuing a career in hand therapy this course will provide an excellent foundation. For others, it will provide a solid base of knowledge for occasional 'hand patients'. We will visit the Sint Antonius Hospital (Nieuwegein) and the dissecting room of the University Medical Centre Utrecht.

The purpose of this two-week summer course is to provide participants with knowledge and skills of the most common diseases, injuries and surgeries of the hand and wrist. The participant will obtain a deeper understanding of hand anatomy and movement patterns. The diagnostic process is discussed in seminars and in presence of ‘real life’ patients at the St. Antonius hospital in Nieuwegein. We will design treatment plans in accordance with the wound healing process and the contextual factors of the patient off course. To do all this we will use various interactive methods to encourage clinical reasoning. You will be introduced to the specialized field of hand therapy during lectures and workshops by hand therapists (physical therapists and occupational therapist) and a plastic surgeon. Of course it is an illusion that you can become an expert in hand rehabilitation within a period of two weeks. On the other hand, you will learn things and get acquainted with knowledge and skills that little other students have. We hope and expect that you and your future patients will experience benefits of the knowledge and inspiration that you will gain by following this summer course.

Before the start of the course you are expected to prepare a reading assignment. The time required for this reading depends on your prior knowledge, but is estimated on 25 hours.

Course leader

Katrien van der Velden, MSc

Target group

Students and recent graduates in physiotherapy, occupational therapy and related fields interested in hand therapy

Course aim

Upon completion, the participant will be able to: 1. Describe the functional anatomy of the hand and wrist. 2. Recognize the clinical features of common hand and wrist pathologies. 3. Evaluate hand and wrist function. 4. Make a choice in treatment options for patients, based on wound healing principles and functional anatomy. 5. Communicate in English within a professional context. 6. Explain the value of an interdisciplinary approach in hand rehabilitation

Fee info

EUR 950: Course fee of €950 is for professionals, both foreign and Dutch. Foreign and non-HU students receive a €300 discount. HU students receive a €900 discount.
EUR 350: Housing fee (optional)

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