The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee College of Health Sciences-Outreach Office Presents
the 2022 Wisconsin Hand Experience In-Person or LIVE Online

Wisconsin Hand Experience℠2022

Optimizing Outcomes Following Hand Trauma and Nerve Compression

May 12-14, 2022

Join us May 12-14, 2022

LIVE in-person or online

Online attendees will be able to watch all of Thursday & Friday’s presentations LIVE using our Event Platform with a Web Browser or Mobile Device (Internet Access required). In-Person and Online attendees will use the Event Platform to ask panel questions, network with each other & exhibitors. In-Person attendees can choose from four different Face to Face Saturday Workshops (early registration sign ups receive priority placement). Online attendees have the option of attending a LIVE Online Saturday Workshop.

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Overarching Conference Learning Outcomes:

After completing all sessions of the conference, the learner will be able to:

  • Identity the risks and benefits pertaining to different surgical techniques used to address Metacarpal and Phalangeal Fractures
  • Describe challenges, special considerations, and surgical options for wound care in the hand trauma population; including the characteristics used to identify healing and non-healing wounds
  • Identify the four phases of wound healing and select best practice options for wound healing to promote closure and dressing coverage in the traumatic hand wound
  • Identify appropriate orthoses end safe motion parameters for use for conservative and post operative management of metacarpal and phalangeal fractures
  • Describe indications and contraindications of fabricated orthoses and verbalize knowledge of practical applications of orthoses
  • Describe the guidelines of progression in single flexor tendon repair including appropriate orthosis, considerations of wound, and patient understanding
  • Demonstrate how a simple integument mobility assessment can play a role in treatment progression
  • Provide an evidence based logical algorithm for layering IASTM with conservative management treatment intervention
  • Identify how to evaluate and treat patients presenting with peripheral nerve compression of the distal upper extremity.
  • Identify evidence-based practice, including diagnosis, prognosis, intervention, and assessment of outcome for carpal tunnel syndrome in the clinical setting
  • Describe joint mobilization techniques to address issues at the radial head which can contribute to radial nerve issues
  • Identify elastic taping techniques that can be helpful in addressing cubital tunnel syndrome and Wartenberg’s syndrome
  • Describe the principles and evidence for somatosensory rehabilitation
  • Explain the potential advantages of wide-awake local anesthesia no tourniquet (WALANT) surgery for tendon repair and how active patient involvement may accelerate post-operative rehabilitation
  • Compare and contrast the difference of true active motion to traditional place and holds
  • Identify the types of thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS) that respond most favorably to conservative management
  • Describe common impairments at the 1st rib, scapula, and shoulder that contribute to traction on the brachial plexus and identify treatment techniques to address these impairments
  • Identify anatomical and kinetic influences of peri-scapular musculature on shoulder motor control
  • Describe how to integrate whole body movements into treatment algorithm
  • Describe effective utilization of appropriate provocative testing for various shoulder conditions
  • Demonstrate joint mobilization techniques to address posterosuperior and posteroinferior glenohumeral joint capsular tightness
  • Demonstrate proper performance of special cluster testing for clinical shoulder pathology

Level of Instruction: Intermediate

Relevance to Occupational Therapy:

Category 1: Occupational Therapy Service Delivery

Contact Us

Email: chsout@uwm.edu

Phone: 414-227-3123

Presenters

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Gonzalo Barinaga, MD

Gonzalo Barinaga, MD is a proud Milwaukee native who returned to Milwaukee to start his practice after 14 years of education and training. He began his journey as an undergraduate student-athlete at Ball State University, medical education at University of Wisconsin, residency training at Southern Illinois University, and fellowship training at the University of Washington. He is in practice with the Orthopedic Institute of Wisconsin as a hand and upper extremity specialist. His practice is focused on the Milwaukee and the Greater Metropolitan Area. His favorite part of practice is upper extremity trauma and relationships with his patients. In his free time, he enjoys sports and coaching.

Nora Barrett, OTR/L, CHT, WCC

Nora Barrett, OTR/L, CHT, WCC has been a practicing occupational therapist since 1998 and a certified hand therapist since 2006. She spent her early career as an inpatient therapist at rehabilitation centers, acute care hospitals and burn units in Boston, MA and Washington, DC before focusing in outpatient hands in Washington DC, Baltimore MD, Bend OR and now at the University of Virginia. She received her Wound Care Certification in 2020 and is an active member of ASHT and AAHS. She lectures routinely in wound care, burn therapy, trauma and peripheral nerve injury for ASHT, AAHS and various universities across the country.

Amy Brossard, MS OTR/L, CHT

Amy Brossard, MS OTR/L CHT practices occupational therapy at the UW Health Hand and Upper Extremity Clinics and is manager of the Hand and Upper Extremity Program at UW Health. She is a certified hand therapist, proficient in treatment of pathological upper extremity conditions resulting from trauma, disease, congenital or acquired deformity conditions, and conservative and post-operative management. She has a special interest in research, evidence-based practice, and creative orthosis design. She works closely with eight plastic and orthopedic surgeons at a Level 1 trauma center to ensure patient centered care with evidence-based practice.

Brett F. Michelotti, MD

Dr. Michelotti is an assistant professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Division of Plastic Surgery. He is board certified in plastic surgery and has added qualification in hand and microvascular surgery. Dr. Michelotti is the Director of Research for Plastic Surgery and serves as the co-Associate Program Director for the Plastic Surgery Residency Training Program. He specializes in a wide range of reconstructive surgical procedures including breast reconstruction with a focus on microvascular surgery, hand and upper extremity surgery including treatment of both congenital and acquired disorders, lymphedema surgery, nerve surgery to reduce amputation pain (targeted muscle reinnervation, TMR), and reconstruction following skin cancer removal.

Tara Packham, OTReg.(Ont.), PhD

Tara Packham, OTReg.(Ont.), PhD is an occupational therapist with over 25 years of experience in hand and upper limb rehabilitation, and is a certified somatosensory therapist for the treatment of pain (CSTP). She completed her research training at McMaster University under Dr. Joy MacDermid, focusing on evaluation and rehabilitation of complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS). Now an assistant professor in the School of Rehabilitation Sciences at McMaster, Tara’s program of research in the IMPRinT lab is focused on advancing our understanding and management of persistent pain, and moving evidence into practice. She serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Hand Therapy and is a senior editor at Pain Medicine, with over 40 published peer-reviewed papers. She lives just outside the city of Hamilton Ontario in Canada with her husband, dog, and backyard chickens.

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Ann Porretto-Loehrke, PT, DPT, CHT, COMT, CMTPT

Ann Porretto-Loehrke, PT, DPT, CHT, COMT, CMTPT is a skilled clinician with a passion for teaching and clinical treatment of upper extremity disorders. She has been practicing for 27 years and teaching continuing education courses for the past 18. She is the therapy co-manager of a large department at the Hand to Shoulder Center in Appleton, Wisconsin. Ann is a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) and a Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist (COMT) for treatment of the upper quadrant through the International Academy of Orthopedic Medicine (IAOM). She has extensive training in the evaluation and treatment of the upper quadrant. Ann received a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from Marquette University in 1994 and completed a post-professional Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) degree from Drexel University with a specialty in hand and upper quarter rehabilitation in 2007. She is also certified in dry needling through Myopain Seminars, as a Certified Myofascial Trigger Point Therapist (CMTPT). Ann is a lead instructor who co-developed the Hand & Upper Extremity Track through IAOM, a set of six manual therapy courses designed specifically for hand and upper extremity specialists. She co-authored a chapter in Rehabilitation of the Hand & Upper Extremity on nerve compression syndromes of the elbow and forearm, as well as published two peer-reviewed articles entitled “Clinical Manual Assessment of the Wrist” and “Taping Techniques for the Wrist” in the 2016 Journal of Hand Therapy’s special edition of the wrist. Ann serves as the planning committee chair for the Wisconsin Hand Experience conference and has presented at American Society of Hand Therapists (ASHT) annual conferences, Canadian Society of Hand Therapist Annual Conference, Philadelphia meeting, TRIA Hand Conference, and Teton Hand Conferences. She also teaches online courses for MedBridge education.

Gary Solomon, MS, OTR/L, CHT

Gary Solomon, MS, OTR/L, CHT graduated from the occupational therapy program at Washington University in St. Louis in 1993 and became a certified hand therapist in 1999. He has worked as the director of therapy at Chicago Metro Hand Therapy, alongside the physicians of Hand to Shoulder Associates since 1998. His primary area of clinical interest is the post operative management of traumatic upper extremity injuries. Gary is a past president of the American Society of Hand Therapists, and currently the Vice Chair of the American Hand Therapy Foundation.

Josef N. Tofte, MD

Josef Tofte, MD is a fellowship-trained hand and upper extremity surgeon with expertise in finger, hand, wrist, elbow, and select shoulder conditions in adult and pediatric patients. He specializes in bone and soft tissue trauma and post-traumatic reconstruction, peripheral nerve compression and injury, tendinopathy, arthritis, infections, and tumors with a special interest in endoscopic, arthroscopic, and microsurgical techniques. He is a native of Duluth, Minnesota and a graduate of Harvard College and attended medical school at Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. He completed his orthopedic surgery residency training at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics followed by a fellowship in hand and upper extremity surgery at the Philadelphia Hand to Shoulder Center. He is an Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery at the University of Wisconsin.

Jim Wagner, OTD, OTR/L, CHT, CPAM, CSCS

James Wagner, OTD, OTR/L, CHT, CPAM, CSCS is an occupational therapist and certified hand therapist with 27 years of clinical experience working in the upper extremity orthopedic setting. He received his post professional clinical doctorate from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions with a specialty in hand therapy. Jim is credentialed in physical agent modalities and is a certified strength and conditioning specialist. He is currently the team leader of the Guthrie Hand Center and is an adjunct professor at both Keuka and Ithaca College occupational therapy programs. Jim has been involved in competitive powerlifting and bodybuilding for 35 year and has been in 28 competitions. He has traveled extensively teaching on topics such as kinesiology taping, cupping, instrument assisted soft tissue mobility, orthotic fabrication, and blood flow restriction training. Jim has spoken at Georgia Hand Society Special Interest Group and many other therapy related venues. He is an active member of the American Society of Hand Therapists and has been published in the practice forum section of the Journal of Hand Therapy and serves on the education division of the ASHT.

Mike Waller, PT, DPT, OCS

Michael Waller, PT, DPT, OCS has been practicing as an outpatient physical therapist at the Milwaukee VA Medical Center for the past 7 years. He obtained his board certification as an orthopedic clinical specialist in 2018 and has experience treating a variety of patients with musculoskeletal impairments and has presented on a variety of evidence-based topics such as clinical practice guidelines. He has assisted in the development of the Milwaukee VA medical center orthopedic PT residency program in affiliation with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and is an affiliate clinical assistant professor in the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s physical therapy program. He is active in the federal section of the APTA as the federal section VA service representative.

Wisconsin Hand Experience℠ 2022

May 12-14, 2022

In-Person in Milwaukee

Crowne Plaza Milwaukee South
6401 South 13th Street, Milwaukee, WI 53221

$103.00 Single/Double Room Rates.
Make reservations online or by calling (414) 764-5300 by 4/11/2022. For the room rate you must identify yourself as a member of “University of Wisconsin Milwaukee”.

May 12-14

Watch LIVE In-Person or Online

17 Contact Hours

For all Three Days
1.7 CEUs

20% OFF Groups of 3 or More

Receive 20% OFF three or more Registrations.  Email chsout@uwm.edu for more details & see FAQs below.

In-Person Workshops

Essential Wound Care for the Hand Therapist, Shoulder Mobilization with Maximizing Core and Scapular Stability, Somatosensory Rehab, or The Orthotics Experience. 

Live Online Workshop

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Thursday May 12, 12:00pm-5:00pm CT

One Page Agenda PDF. 

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12:00PM

Welcome & Introduction

Ann Porretto-Loehrke, PT, DPT, CHT, COMT, CMTPT, Hand to Shoulder Center of Wisconsin, Appleton, WI

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12:15PM

Surgical Management of Metacarpal and Phalangeal Fractures

Gonzalo Barinaga, MD, Orthopedic Institute of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI

This presentation will discuss surgical management of common fracture patterns seen at the level of the phalanges and metacarpals. Surgical indications and strategy, surgical approaches, methods of fixation, and their complications will be reviewed. Evidenced based outcomes for various techniques will be presented. The end of the lecture will provide an overview of managing complex injuries involving the phalanges and metacarpals.

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1:00pm

Orthotic Management for Metacarpal and Phalangeal Fractures with Pins, Wounds, or External Fixators

Gary Solomon, MS, OTR/L, CHT, Chicago Metro Hand Therapy, Chicago, IL

This presentation will discuss and provide video demonstrations for orthotic fabrication solutions when wounds or external devices require a deviation from standard design.

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1:45PM

Break
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2:15PM

Wound Care Following Hand Trauma

Nora Barrett, OTR/L, CHT, WCC, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

This course will highlight the challenges and special considerations specific to the hand trauma population. Wound care, healing phases, dressing types, and debridement techniques will be covered specific to the traumatic hand injury population.

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3:00PM

Rehab Management Following Metacarpal and Phalangeal Fracture

Gary Solomon, MS, OTR/L, CHT, Chicago Metro Hand Therapy, Chicago, IL

This session will discuss fracture management throughout the rehabilitation process. Factors influencing timing of motion initiation, progression of treatment, activity selection, orthosis selection, and managing common sequalae will be discussed.

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3:45PM

Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) for the Stiff Hand Following Trauma

James Wagner OTD, OTR/L, CHT, CPAM, CSCS, Guthrie Hand Center, Horseheads, NY

This session focuses on the role of instrument assisted soft tissue mobility on the post-surgical and traumatized hand. In this presentation we will discuss proposed mechanisms, link to the nervous system, and clinical applications through video case examples.

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4:30PM

Panel Discussion

 

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5:00PM

Adjourn
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6:00PM

Exhibits Close

Thursday Learning Outcomes

  • Identity the risks and benefits pertaining to different surgical techniques

  • Explain basic forms of fixation for fractures

  • Describe surgical strategy when dealing with complex hand injuries

  • Describe orthotic fabrication techniques to protect and work around pin sites and or fixators

  • Discuss orthosis recommendations for digital and hand wound protection

  • Describe challenges and special considerations for wound care in the hand trauma population

  • Identify options and alternatives for wound care with the hand trauma population

  • Select best practice options for wound healing to promote closure and dressing coverage in the traumatic hand wound

  • Identify appropriate orthoses end safe motion parameters for use for conservative and post operative management of metacarpal and phalangeal fractures

  • Identify strategies to manage residual hand stiffness and other sequela to optimize functional hand use

  • Identify fascial properties and effects of soft tissue adhesions on mobility

  • Demonstrate how a simple integument mobility assessment can play a role in treatment progression

  • Identify four proposed mechanisms for IASTM

  • Demonstrate use of nontraditional IASTM techniques to drive digital motion

  • Provide an evidence based logical algorithm for layering IASTM with conservative management treatment intervention

  • Provoke and challenge “traditional” frame of reference on managing traumatized digits

Friday May 13, 8:00am-5:30pm CT

One Page Agenda PDF. 

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Exhibits Open
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8:00AM

Welcome & Introduction

Ann Porretto-Loehrke, PT, DPT, CHT, COMT, CMTPT, Hand to Shoulder Center of Wisconsin, Appleton, WI

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8:15AM

Evaluation and Surgical Management of Peripheral Nerve Compression of the Elbow, Forearm and Wrist

Josef Tofte, MD, UW School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison, WI

This presentation will discuss the pathophysiology, clinical presentation, diagnostic workup, and surgical indications for surgical treatments of peripheral nerve compression in the distal upper extremity.

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9:00AM

Conservative Management of Peripheral Nerve Compression Syndromes of the Elbow, Forearm, and Wrist

Ann Porretto-Loehrke, PT, DPT, CHT, COMT, CMTPT, Hand to Shoulder Center of Wisconsin, Appleton, WI

Sharpen your skills with evaluating and treating peripheral nerve compressions in the elbow, forearm, and wrist! This presentation provides therapists with evidence-supported evaluation and treatment techniques to address cubital tunnel syndrome, radial tunnel, proximal median nerve entrapment, Wartenberg’s syndrome, and ulnar tunnel and carpal tunnel syndrome. 

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9:45AM

Clinical Practice Guidelines for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Michael Waller, PT, DPT, OCS, Milwaukee VA Medical Center, Milwaukee, WI 

This presentation will provide an overview of the most recent clinical practice guidelines on carpal tunnel syndrome (released in 2019). A comprehensive overview of the history and development process for clinical practice guidelines will provide helpful context to this important evidence-based clinical tool. The presentation will discuss evidence-based practice, including diagnosis, prognosis, intervention, and assessment of outcome for carpal tunnel syndrome in therapy settings. Guidance on implementing clinical practice guidelines will be discussed to help promote integration of evidence-based practices in real-world clinical settings. 

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10:30AM

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11:00AM

Somatosensory Rehabilitation following Persistent Pain from Peripheral Nerve Injury

Tara Packham, OTReg.(Ont.), PhD, School of Rehabilitation Sciences at McMaster, Ontario, Canada

Neuropathic pain is a common feature following peripheral nerve injuries; however, it is associated with poorer outcomes when it persists beyond the normal healing processes. This session will introduce the concepts behind somatosensory rehabilitation, an emerging method for the evaluation and treatment of neuropathic pain and compare it to traditional management of peripheral nerve injuries. Opportunities of when to use somatosensory rehabilitation will be discussed.

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11:45AM

Wide-Awake Flexor Tendon Repairs

Brett Michelotti, MD, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison, WI

This session will discuss fracture management throughout the rehabilitation process. Factors influencing timing of motion initiation, progression of treatment, activity selection, orthosis selection, and managing common sequalae will be discussed.

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12:30PM

Lunch
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1:30PM

True Active Flexor Program

Amy Brossard, MS OTR/L CHT, UW Health, Madison, WI

Flexor tendon repair has been and continues to be the topic of conversation in the hand therapy world. Find out how to safely and effectively carryout true active motion to achieve functional results with your patient. There have been rapid changes over the history of tendon repair, from Kleinert, to place and holds, now to true active motion. Progression of active movement will make the intermediate to experienced clinician question the limitations in place yet ponder the effectiveness of recent evidence.

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2:15PM

Cadaveric Dissection: Wide-Awake Local Anesthesia No Tourniquet (WALANT) and Peripheral Nerve Decompressions

Brett Michelotti, MD, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison, WI

This session will detail the surgical approaches for tendon repair and peripheral nerve decompression.

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3:00PM

Break
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3:30PM

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

Ann Porretto-Loehrke, PT, DPT, CHT, COMT, CMTPT, Hand to Shoulder Center of Wisconsin, Appleton, WI

Help take the mystery out of those patient cases that don’t seem to be getting better! Gain an overview of the types of thoracic outlet syndrome including clinical testing and where to begin with conservative management. Obtain key information from your patient’s history and become familiarized with common impairments associated with this disorder. Specific treatment techniques will be presented with the use of photos and videos.

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4:15PM

Maximizing Core and Scapular Stability in your Patient with Upper Extremity Pathology

James Wagner OTD, OTR/L, CHT, CPAM, CSCS, Guthrie Hand Center, Horseheads, NY

The core and shoulder are a critical link to distal hand performance. We will define concepts of regional interdependence and tensegrity and their role in enhancing functional outcomes. This presentation will review the research demonstrating how core and scapular stability influence distal control. We will discuss how to incorporate challenging yet fun strength and conditioning exercises to treat the whole kinetic chain.

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5:00PM

Panel Discussion

 

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5:30PM

Adjourn
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6:30PM

Exhibits Close

Friday Learning Outcomes

  • Identify how to evaluate and treat patients presenting with peripheral nerve compression of the distal upper extremity.

  • Perform provocative tests to identify nerve compressions at specific sites at the elbow, forearm, and wrist.

  • Describe joint mobilization techniques to address issues at the radial head which can contribute to radial nerve issues.

  • Perform neural flossing techniques to address the following: cubital tunnel, proximal median nerve entrapment, radial tunnel, Wartenberg’s, ulnar tunnel, and carpal tunnel.

  • Identify elastic taping techniques that can be helpful in addressing cubital tunnel syndrome and Wartenberg’s syndrome.

  • Explain the development of the clinical practice guidelines

  • Describe the levels of evidence used in clinical practice guidelines

  • Describe the grades of recommendation used in clinical practice guidelines

  • Identify evidence-based practice, including diagnosis, prognosis, intervention, and assessment of outcome for carpal tunnel syndrome

  • Summarize best practice for treatment of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in the clinical setting

  • List the common barriers to implementation of guidelines in the clinical setting and potential solutions to overcoming these barriers

  • Describe how to independently access clinical practice guidelines and supplementary clinician/patient resources

  • Identify the features of persistent neuropathic pain

  • Compare and contrast somatosensory rehabilitation to traditional hand therapy management approaches for peripheral nerve injury

  • Identify the evaluation methods used in somatosensory rehabilitation

  • Explain the potential advantages of wide-awake local anesthesia no tourniquet (WALANT) surgery for tendon repair

  • Describe how active patient involvement may accelerate post-operative rehabilitation

  • Quantify cost-savings associated with wide awake hand surgery

  • Compare and contrast the difference of true active motion to traditional place and holds

  • Describe why true active movement after flexor tendon repair is safe and effective

  • Describe the guidelines of progression in single flexor tendon repair including appropriate orthosis, considerations of wound, and patient understanding

  • Describe the anatomic approach to tendon repair surgery, including the interplay between deep and superficial flexor tendons, vinculae, and pulleys of the tendon sheath

  • Observe nerve decompression surgery of the median, ulnar, and radial nerve from the forearm to the wrist

  • Identify the types of thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS) that respond most favorably to conservative management.

  • Explain the difference between “compressors” and “releasers.”

  • Describe common impairments at the 1st rib, scapula, and shoulder that contribute to traction on the brachial plexus and identify treatment techniques to address these impairments.

  • Define what the “core” is and its influence on the shoulder and distal upper extremity function

  • Discuss concepts of tensegrity and regional interdependence

  • Identify anatomical and kinetic influences of peri-scapular musculature on shoulder motor control

  • Demonstrate simple strategies and exercises that can be implemented in the hand clinic

  • Describe how to integrate whole body movements into treatment algorithm

Saturday Workshops

May 14, 8:00am-1:30pm CT

Essential Wound Care for the Hand Therapist (In-Person or Online)

Nora Barrett, OTR/L, CHT, WCC

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This comprehensive course will cover wound healing phases, burn injury, wound bed characteristics to identify healing and non-healing traits, descriptors for documentation, the infection continuum, goals in wound healing, appropriate wound dressings, grafting and surgical approaches to closure, and an in-depth hands-on component to explore dressing options and characteristics. Cases will also be used to demonstrate key points.

Outcomes:

  • Identify the four phases of wound healing and cellular characteristics of each phase
  • Classify burn injury levels
  • Describe wound bed characteristics to identify healing and non-healing wounds, descriptors for documentation
  • Explain the continuum of infection
  • Discuss wound healing goals and classify appropriate dressings
  • Describe surgical options and approaches to wound closure and when it is necessary
  • Compare and contrast dressings to determine needed characteristics to promote coverage and closure
  • Critique sample cases to illustrate key points and dressing options  

Somatosensory Rehab

Tara Packham, OTReg.(Ont.), PhD

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Somatosensory rehabilitation is a method of assessment and treatment for neuropathic pain developed in Switzerland two decades ago by Claude Spicher, a Swiss hand therapist. It draws on contemporary understandings of functional neuroanatomy to address both sensory loss and sensory gain (allodynia). While it can be used for the entire body, it is especially useful for conditions commonly see in upper limb practice such as complex regional pain syndrome, painful scars, nerve compression syndromes, and burns. This session will introduce the principles of somatosensory rehabilitation for the treatment of neuropathic pain, and how this approach can be used in a hand therapy context. 

Outcomes:

  • Describe the principles and evidence for somatosensory rehabilitation
  • Identify clients who may benefit from this rehabilitation approach
  • Compare and contrast this approach with other complimentary techniques in hand rehabilitation

Shoulder Mobilization with Maximizing Core & Scapular Stability

Ann Porretto-Loehrke, PT, DPT, CHT, COMT, CMTPT &
Jim Wagner, OTD, OTR/L, CHT, CPAM, CSCS 

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A shoulder bonanza! Immerse yourself in a workshop that will provide a variety of treatment techniques to improve shoulder joint mobility while maximizing core and scapular recruitment in patients with shoulder impingement and frozen shoulder! Join Jim Wagner and Ann Porretto-Loehrke as they share their expertise in manual therapy and higher-level neuromuscular activities that can optimize your patient’s recovery!

Outcomes:

  • Describe the importance of addressing posterior shoulder stiffness in patients with shoulder impingement/subacromial pain syndrome.
  • Demonstrate joint mobilization techniques to address posterosuperior and posteroinferior glenohumeral joint capsular tightness.
  • Describe effective utilization of appropriate provocative testing for various shoulder conditions.
  • Demonstrate proper performance of special cluster testing for clinical shoulder pathology.
  • Perform joint mobilization techniques to facilitate shoulder flexion and abduction to 90 degrees in patients who present with adhesive capsulitis.
  • Practice treatment techniques to optimize end-range shoulder elevation.
  • Perform both open and closed chain exercises that maximize motor control of increased shoulder mobility.

The Orthotics Experience Workshop

Gary Solomon, MS, OTR/L, CHT 

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This orthosis fabrication workshop will enable participants to fabricate selected orthoses presented in Thursday’s fracture management, tendon management, and nerve management presentations.

Outcomes:

  • Fabricate orthoses to mobilize stiff digits, provide protection following tendon injury and decrease pain, and facilitate function with ulnar nerve compression or injury
  • Describe indications and contraindications of fabricated orthoses
  • Verbalize knowledge of practical applications of orthoses

Pricing & CEUs

*CEUs are based on participant’s actual class hours. Agenda is subject to change based on instructor preference and time available. Speakers and programs subject to change. Need a paper registration to mail or fax a check? Download this PDF & Fax or Mail it to us! 

All Three Days

1.7 CEUs (17 hours)

$670

Thursday & Friday

1.2 CEUs (12 hours)

$455

Friday & Saturday

1.25 CEUs (12.5 hours)

$465

Thursday & Saturday

.95 CEUs (9.5 hours)

$420

Thursday Only

.45 CEUs (4.5 hours)

$205

Friday Only

.75 CEUs (7.5 hours)

$250

Saturday Only

.5 CEUs (5 hours)

$215

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Is there a Group Discount?

Three or more people (from the same place of employment) will receive 20% off of the total transaction. Registration must be completed in one payment & you must include each attendees email addresses in that registration so they can access the Event Platform & gain CEUs.  You can register & receive the group discount for attending online or in-person (or a combination). Please email chsout@uwm.edu for details & questions.

Can I pay by mail, phone or fax?

Courses require full payment at the time of registration. You can choose from a variety of payment methods. Payment can be made with a check, company purchase order (P.O.), money order or credit card. Checks should be made payable to “University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.” Cash is accepted through in-person registration only, please email ahead (chsout@uwm.edu) if this is what you plan on doing. Due to COVID we have limited seats, so if you plan on registering in-person with cash we must reserve your seat in advance.

If you register by mail or fax, all registrations will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. You must rank your choices of Saturday workshops. While we will make every effort to accommodate first choices, please note that workshops have limited capacities.

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Mail orders to:  Noncredit Registration – UWM Drawer No 491, Milwaukee, WI 53293-0491

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Please advise us at the time of registration if you have special needs. Requests will be kept confidential. If requests are received less than four weeks prior to the program date, we may not be able to accommodate you.

How do I receive CEU Certificates for attending WI Hand?

In-Person Attendees will receive CEU Certificates after the last session of the day. Paper Course Evaluations must be filled out in order to receive your CEU Certificate. If you leave early then your CEUs will be adjusted accordingly.  If you are an Online attendee then joining using the Event Platform & viewing the livestream will count as checking in & filling out the digital course evaluations at the end of the day will allow us to follow up with your CEU Certificate. You will receive your CEU Certificate by email (from chsout@uwm.edu) within three weeks of completing your digital course evaluations.

What is your Cancelation and Refund Policy?

CANCELATION POLICY: The College of Health Sciences Outreach Office reserves the right to cancel or change any offering for which registrations are not sufficient to support budgeted expenses. A full refund is issued to program participants if the program is cancelled by the College of Health Sciences Outreach Office for any reason.

For cancellations made by a participant at least 14 days before the start of the program, a refund will be issued minus a $25.00 processing fee. For cancellations made within 14 days of the program, a certificate worth the value of the program (minus a $25.00 processing fee) will be issued and is valid for one year from the date of the original course. 

The program you are registering for is scheduled to be delivered in-person and live online. UWM has devised a decision-making strategy that considers many factors to protect the health and safety of our participants. Decisions could involve a range of actions including converting in-person programs to virtual instruction. If university decisions impact this program, you will receive communication from the Outreach Office. If the delivery method is changed and it no longer fits your preference and you would prefer to cancel your enrollment please contact the Outreach office. 

What if I didn't receive a confirmation email?

Check the email inbox you used to register with & it’s spam folder/filter.  If you work at a large organization you may need to contact your IT department or Help Desk. Confirmation emails will come from uwm-confirmation@uwm.edu . Other important event emails will come from chsout@uwm.edu  & chsout@chsout.uwm.edu . If you have not received a confirmation email three days before the program, please call our office at 414-227-3123 or email us at chsout@uwm.edu.

What are the COVID precautions taken for the in-person event?

Click here for details about Crowne Plaza & IHG’s “Way of Clean.”

For details about how Crowne Plaza Milwaukee South is handling Post-COVID meetings watch this video here. 

In addition to the above the event will  be practicing all guidelines from the Milwaukee Health Department & UWM Guidelines/Policies. This includes social distancing & wearing masks. We will have an event platform with mobile app that will include conference information and networking for limited in-person contact.

UWM has devised a decision-making strategy that considers many factors to protect the health and safety of our participants during the pandemic. Decisions could involve a range of actions, up to and including converting in person programs to virtual instruction. If any university decisions that impact your program occur, you will receive direct communication from the Outreach Office. If the delivery method of a continuing education course is changed and it no longer fits your preference and you would prefer to cancel your enrollment please contact the outreach office to change or cancel your registration.

What if I come into contact with someone who tests positive for COVID, test positive for COVID myself, or feel sick and cannot attend?

You can change your registration from in-person to fully online. Please contact our office as soon as possible at chsout@uwm.edu .

If the delivery method of a continuing education course is changed and it no longer fits your preference and you would prefer to cancel your enrollment please contact the outreach office to change or cancel your registration.

How do I purchase a Hotel room for the event?

Lodging rooms can be reserved at a discounted rate for single and double rooms. You can book your room at the discounted rate online here. 

The Special group block rate is $103 per night. Participants have until 4/11/2022 to book at the special rate.

Click here for details about Crowne Plaza & IHG’s “Way of Clean.”

For those attending fully online, how will we participate? What are the Tech or Internet Requirements?

You will receive access to the same event platform that in-person attendees have access to. You will use the email address you registered with to access the platform. You can use your computer for the web browser version or the device app. You will be able to view the lectures in real time and can participate in the chat with all attendees in the platform, and view exhibitor information. Internet access (10 Mbps upload and download speed) & using Chrome Web Browser or the SOCIO Device App (for iOS or Android) is recommended if you are viewing LIVE online. *Internet Explorer is NOT supported*

Why should I register early?

Early registration is encouraged to guarantee space. Priority Workshop Registration is avalible to those registering before 3/11.  Participants are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Enrollment is confirmed upon receipt of registration and payment or agency guarantee of payment.

 

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information presented on this website. However, all course information, instructor designations, locations and fees described in this catalog are subject to change without notice. See our website & emails for updates. Lunch is included only where indicated. If you have any questions, please call 414-227-3123 or email chsout@uwm.edu.

What if I have more questions?

Contact Us: 414-227-3123  |  chsout@uwm.edu

Exhibitors

Wisconsin Hand Experience℠ 2022

General Information

Every effort has been made to assure the accuracy of this information. We reserve the right to change the program without notice. Contact us at chsout@uwm.edu or (414) 227-3123 if you have questions. For cancellations made by a participant at least 14 days before the start of the program, a refund will be issued minus a $25.00 processing fee. For cancellations made within 14 days of the program, a certificate worth the value of the program (minus a $25.00 processing fee) will be issued and is valid for one year from the date of the original course. The program you are registering for is scheduled to be delivered in-person and live online. UWM has devised a decision-making strategy that considers many factors to protect the health and safety of our participants. Decisions could involve a range of actions including converting in-person programs to virtual instruction. If university decisions impact this program, you will receive communication from the Outreach Office. If the delivery method is changed and it no longer fits your preference and you would prefer to cancel your enrollment please contact the Outreach office. Early registration is encouraged to guarantee space. Participants are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Enrollment is confirmed upon receipt of registration and payment. Lunch and all breaks are included in course fees. 

Please advise us at the time of registration if you have special needs. Requests will be kept confidential. Please submit special needs requests four weeks prior to the program date.

*CEUs are based on participant’s actual class hours. Agenda is subject to change based on instructor preference and time available. Speakers and programs subject to change.

Contact Us: 414-227-3123 | chsout@uwm.edu

Education Level

Level of Instruction: Intermediate

Relevance to Occupational Therapy:

Category 1: Occupational Therapy Service Delivery

 

American Occupational
Therapy Association

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, College of Health Sciences is an AOTA approved provider of Continuing Education. Provider #: 4001. AOTA does not endorse specific course content, products, or clinical procedures. AOTA Course Approval #04489.

 

Approval #04489

WIsconsin Hand Experience℠ 2022

Optimizing Outcomes Following Hand Trauma and Nerve Compression