Evidence Based Rehabilitation of Traumatic Elbow Injuries

On-Demand now available!

$199 per participant

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Course Description

Rehabilitation of elbow trauma can be daunting, especially as chronic stiffness sets in. Many clinics default to treatments devoid of clinical evidence. This course provides the most recent evidence in conservative and post-surgical interventions for a variety of elbow traumas.


During the morning session, this course will review biomechanics of the elbow. A thorough evidence based examination of the upper extremity, including special tests, will be viewed. Diagnoses of fractures and ligamentous injuries will be reviewed as well as current concepts in treatment techniques. Case studies will be presented and discussed.


The afternoon session will start with manual mobilization of the elbow. Appropriate orthoses application will then be presented as well as orthoses fabrication demonstration via videos. This course will present the most recent and highest levels of evidence, including clinical pearls, adjunctive treatment techniques and evidence for their use to prevent or when treating the dreaded stiff elbow. Static progressive orthoses considerations will be explained followed by video demonstrations. The course will end by wrapping up the concepts that have been discussed with a treatment algorithm, case presentations, and question and answer panel. Following this one day course, learners will confidently rehabilitate the most challenging of elbow traumas. The education level of this course is intermediate.

Course Instructor

April O’Connell, OTR/L, CHT, ACSM is the Clinical Specialist in the Hand and Upper Extremity Therapy Department at NYU Langone Health and has been practicing for 15 years. She earned her Occupational Therapy degree at Boston University, is a Certified Hand Therapist and is certified by the American Council of Sports Medicine (ACSM) as a Clinical Exercise Specialist. She has lectured to orthopedic surgeons and therapists nationally and internationally in current concepts of orthopedic rehabilitation of the upper extremity. Some of her most recent lectures include being a guest speaker for Dr. Radio on Sirius Satellite on topics for rehabilitation of the hand and upper extremity as well as injuries to the overhead athlete. In addition, she has presented on Flexor Tendon Repair Advancement at AAOS in 2015 and was later asked to speak at ASSH national conference in 2016 and ASHT in 2017. She recently presented her latest research at ASHT National Conference on flexor tendon rehabilitation in 2019. She also lectures at Touro College in NY on various topics including tendon injuries, splinting, and research. April is a founding member of the NYU Langone Golf and Pitching Labs.

Course Outline
  • Anatomy & physiology of the elbow

  • Examination/specialized test of the upper extremity

  • Diagnosis, current concepts in treatment techniques and case studies

  • Current concepts in manual mobilization of the elbow

  • Elbow orthosis fabrication

  • Therapeutic exercises and home exercises plans for the elbow

  • Adjudicative treatment techniques and modalities

  • Discharge planning

Continuing Education Credit







This course offers 0.6 AOTA CEUs. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA


This course offers 6.0 contact hours of category A, formal courses with direct upper extremity content for OT or PT towards the Certified Hand Therapists (CHT) recertification.

This course meets the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Standards of Quality for Continuing Education Offerings (BOD G11-03-22-69). Please save your course certificate and outline to submit for CE credit to your state and/or local licensing board.

This course is pre-approved by The Oklahoma State Board of Medical Licensure & Supervision for Physical Therapists for 6.0 total hours (approval #201913998)

For other professions, this course counts as 6.0 contact hours of professional development. Please save your certificate and course outline to submit to your national, state or local agency for continuing educating credit. 

Course Schedule & Requirements
  • Currently available as On-Demand - learn at your own pace!

Course Locations
Learning Outcomes
  • Understand specific areas of how patient occupational performance can be affected by elbow dysfunction.

  • Describe normal and functional upper extremity range of motion as it relates to occupational performance.

  • Differentiate between post-operative rehabilitation protocols for elbow injuries and instabilities.

  • Understand conservative treatment algorithms for a variety of elbow diagnoses.

  • Perform manual mobilization techniques for the radial humeral, ulnar humeral, and proximal radioulnar joints of the elbow.

  • Identify Appropriate orthoses to treat conservative and post-operative elbow injuries.

  • Design an evidence based rehabilitation program to treat elbow stiffness.

Recommended Course Participants
  • Occupational Therapists

  • Physical Therapists

  • Occupational Therapy Assistants

  • Physical Therapy Assistants

  • Physicians

  • Physicians Assistants

  • Nurse Practitioners

  • Chiropractors

ADA and Special Requests

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