This online module covers anatomy and biomechanics of the thumb and explores the functional application of the thumb and classification of deformity. Initial assessments are also covered.
Video Run Time 47 minutes plus activity time
Course aimed at Hand Therapists, Occupational therapists, Physiotherapists, Surgeons and physicians working in the field of hand pathologies, General practitioners and other primary care professionals
Course description Osteoarthritis of the first carpometacarpal joint is very common and increasingly affects us as we age. The anatomy and biomechanics of the CMC joint are complex and understanding this is helpful in the assessment and treatment of this condition. This module will cover the anatomy and biomechanics and apply this knowledge to the presentation of OA CMCJ. Ample illustrations help with comprehension of this complex anatomy and activities are interspaced throughout.
The module explores the role of the thumb in function, classification of grip and common patterns of deformity. Classification of OA thumbs, signs and symptoms and clinical assessment are discussed. More detailed assessment will be covered in module two.
At the end of this module the health professional will be able to:
- Discuss epidemiology, aetiology and pathogenesis of OA CMC
- Understand the biomechanics of the CMCJ and the relevance to the development of OA
- List the muscles which act on the thumb and their actions
- Understand the role of the thumb in function
- Understand the Nalebuff and Eaton Littler classifications
- Gain initial skills in assessment of the base of the thumb
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Evidence of learning Once the course has been completed there is a quiz available. This quiz has ten questions. Once the quiz has been completed, a certificate, with the result embedded, will be available for download. The quiz can be taken more than once.
Part 2 will follow covering hand therapy for OA CMCJ