Fundamentals of Hand Therapy

Clinical Reasoning and Treatment Guidelines for Common Diagnoses of the Upper Extremity


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

This illustrated text and reference emphasizes the fundamentals of hand therapy β€” for both specialists and non-specialists who encounter clients with hand issues. It provides a consistent format with tips and guidelines for hand therapy treatment. Coverage includes hand anatomy, key terms and concepts, and the evaluation process. A focus on professional issues includes clients with functional somatic syndromes and challenging behavior, client-therapist rapport, and the roles of therapy assistants. Providing many case studies, this text helps therapists think critically about clients' individual needs.
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Book information

  • Published: August 2006
  • Imprint: MOSBY
  • ISBN: 978-0-323-03386-2

Table of Contents

Part One: Fundamentals

1. Fundamentals of Clinical Reasoning: Hand Therapy Concepts and Treatment Techniques and Rationale for Use – Cynthia Cooper

2. Upper Extremity Anatomy – Sharon Flinn and Peggy Beckley

3. Edema Reduction Techniques: A Biological Rationale for Selection – Sandra Artzberger

4. Tissue-Specific Exercises for the Upper Extremity – Lori Falkel

5. Evaluation of the Hand and Upper Extremity – Linda Klein

6. Assessing Functional Outcomes – Rebecca von der Heyde

Part Two: Professionalism

7. Clients with Functional Somatic Syndromes and Clients with Challenging Behavior – Joel Moorhead and Cynthia Cooper

8. Fundamentals of Client-Therapist Rapport – Teri Britt

9. Therapy Assistants’ Roles in Hand Therapy – Cynthia Cooper

Appendix to Part Two: Some Thoughts on Professionalism – Cynthia Cooper

Part Three: Treatment Guidelines for Common Diagnoses of the Upper Extremity

10. Common Shoulder Diagnoses – Mike Butler

11. Common Elbow Diagnoses – Michael Staino

12. Common Peripheral Nerve Problems – Anne Moscony

13. Common Wrist and Hand Fractures – Anne Moscony

14. Common Forms of Tendinitis/Tendinosis – Cynthia Cooper and Hope Martin

15. Common Finger Sprains and Deformities – Cynthia Cooper

16. Tendon Injury – Linda Klein

17. Arthritis – Jeanine Biese

18. Pain Related Syndromes: Complex Regional Pain Syndrome and Fibromyalgia – Romina Astifidis

19. Burns – Lisa Deshaies

20. Common Infections – Cynthia Cooper

21. Ganglion Cysts and Other Common Tumors of the Hand and Wrist – Cynthia Cooper

22. Traumatic Hand Injury Involving Multiple Structures – Paige Kurtz

23. Preventing and Treating Stiffness – Barbara Haines

24. Dupuytren’s Disease – Cornelia von Lersner-Benson

25. Upper Extremity Problems in Clients with Central Nervous System Dysfunction – Michelle Abrams

26. Pediatric Hand Therapy – Lynn Bassini and Mukund Patel

27. Geriatric Hand Therapy – Cynthia Cooper