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Rehabilitation of Sports Injuries to the Hand and Wrist: Evidence Based Approaches to Post Surgical and Conservative Hand Therapy

Course Description

Sports injuries to the hand and wrist are highly complex and can lead to challenging decisions made by the treatment team. Unlike rehabilitation of lower extremities and shoulder joints, the spectrum of the hand and wrist: injury, surgery, recovery and clinical outcomes- are less defined. This course will provide clinicians with practical, clinically relevant evidence that will enhance the treatment of sports-related hand and wrist injuries.

This one-day, evidence-based continuing education event will cover common athletic hand injuries, their mechanism and some selected surgical procedures. It will explain how bio-mechanical factors affect rehabilitation of the hand and wrist. 

 We will discuss how to approach the most often encountered sports-related hand injuries and highlight treatment options that lead to the best clinical outcomes.  The presentation will include current evidence, case studies and controversies surrounding the topic.


Participants will learn how anatomy; mechanism of an injury and the surgical intervention contribute to the treatment options. Clinicians will return to work equipped with new knowledge and techniques to treat sports related hand injuries. The educational level of this course is intermediate.

Course Instructor

Dr. Boris Gilzon PT, DPT, OCS, CHT received his BS/PT from Hunter College, CUNY and his DPT from LIU Brooklyn. Dr. Gilzon is a board certified Orthopedic Specialist and a Certified Hand Therapist.  He started his career at the Hospital for Joint Diseases/NYU Langone Health. Following years of specialized training and manual certifications, Dr. Gilzon set up and develop the Spine Clinic through NY Methodist, the first of its kind in Brooklyn. After launching a successful Outpatient Private Practice, Boris’ continued interest in Orthopedics led him to develop expertise in the treatment of the hand. He has been a Certified Hand Therapist for over 20 years specializing in the fabrication of custom Orthotics as well as the treatment of surgical and non-surgical conditions of the hand. Education has always been a focal point of Dr. Gilzon’s career. He has presented at numerous continuing education events, held a position of adjunct professor at CUNY/CSI health science graduate school and was instrumental in contributing to NYU and Touro College’s Physical Therapy post-graduate Residency program. Currently Dr. Gilzon is a clinical director of Park Sports Physical Therapy, a Brooklyn-based Physical Therapy Company. He is also an adjunct professor at Touro College’s Physical Therapy Program.

There are no financial or non-financial disclosures to report.

Course Outline
  • Anatomical and kinematic factors of the wrist and hand

  • Dart throwing motion and its role in rehabilitation of a throwing athlete

  • Scapho-lunate ligament injury and wrist instability. Evaluation, test and measurements. Signs and symptoms, early detection.

  • Pre and post-surgical management of unstable and arthritic wrist. Case-studies and discussion.

  • Sports related ECU tendinopathy and treatment options. Demonstration and lab.

  • Therapeutic management of PIP, MCP fractures and dislocations

  • How to deal with the “stiff” finger

  • Climbers hand: injury, recovery, and return to activity

  • Skier’s thumb: from injury to recovery.

Continuing Education Credit







Gold Standard Seminars, LLC is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. PD activity approval ID# 11249. This distance learning-independent activity is offered at 0.6 CEUs, intermediate, OT service delivery. AOTA does not endorse specific course content, products, or clinical procedures.

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.

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. 

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Course Schedule & Requirements
  • Registration: 7:30am

  • Course Begins: 8:00am

  • Course Ends: 3:30pm


Participants will be allotted a one-hour lunch on their own.

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Learning Outcomes
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the hand and wrist as it pertains to sports injuries

  • Describe the kinematic properties of the wrist and hand that contribute to rehabilitation decisions

  • Choose appropriate evaluation and intervention technique for the hand and wrist post sports injury

  • Implement treatment techniques for specific athletic condition based on current evidence-based outcomes

Recommended Course Participants
  • Occupational Therapists

  • Physical Therapists

  • Occupational Therapy Assistants

  • Physical Therapy Assistants

  • Physicians

  • Physicians Assistants

  • Nurse Practitioners

  • Chiropractors

ADA and Special Requests

Please contact Gold Standard Seminars  prior to purchase to discuss any particular needs and/or requests.

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