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.Emphasizes the development of clinical reasoning skills, describing the components of the evaluation process and addressing how to decide what to evaluate.Covers a broad array of common diagnoses seen in hand therapy, including shoulder and elbow disorders, peripheral nerve problems, wrist and hand fractures, tendonitis and tendonosis, finger sprains and deformities, tendon injuries, arthritis, burns, infections, ganglion cysts, stiffness, Dupuytrens, and pediatric and geriatric hand problems.Diagnostic-specific information and treatment guidelines follow a consistent format:OverviewDiagnosis and pathologyTimelines and healingAnatomyTreatment (non-operative and/or operative)Questions to ask the doctorWhat to say to clientsEvaluation tipsDiagnosis-specific information that affects clinical reasoningTips from the fieldPrecautions and concernsRole of therapy assistantsCase examplesOffers topics to use as mental prompts when working in the clinical setting:Questions to ask the doctorWhat to say to clientsTips from the fieldPrecautions and concernsOver 400 illustrations in the text and on the CD demonstrate important concepts.Case studies in the common diagnoses chapters demonstrate the use of clinical reasoning and highlight the "human" side of each client encounter.Clinical pearls and precautions share advice from the author and contributors, learned from years of clinical experience.Describes the role of the therapy assistant with the client, showing how the therapy assistant may be included in the therapy process.Glossary includes key terms from the text, offering easy access to definitions of key terms.CD provides samples of hand therapy exercises and clinical forms that may be used with clients.
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