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Fundamentals of Hand Therapy

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

This illustrated text and reference emphasizes the fundamentals of hand therapy — 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.


Published: August 2006

Imprint: Mosby

ISBN: 978-0-323-03386-2


  • 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



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