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Thumbs up for Thumbs

  • 26 Oct 2018
  • 10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
  • Wintergreen Resort, Wintergreen, VA
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  • Select this registration type if you are ONLY registering for the Pre-Conference Institute on Friday, and do not plan to attend the conference on Saturday and Sunday.
  • Select this registration type if you are also registering for the full conference on Saturday and Sunday.


The Pre-Conference Institute Sessions will be held the Friday prior to VOTA's Annual Conference, October 26, 2018

*Pre-Conference Institutes require a separate registration from the Annual Conference registration. 

Thumbs up for Thumbs

Sandy Wagoner, OTD, MOTR/L, CHT; Autumn Puryear, OTS; Taylor Conyers, OTS; Tiffany Holliday, OTS; Ellen Sparks, OTS

Occupational therapists (OTs) are tasked to provide clients with interventions aimed at successful engagement in occupations. The question arises, are we as therapists practicing what we preach when it pertains to taking care of our own physical body required for work engagement? Our joints, like others, can become unstable over time due to the normal aging process or through injury, disease, or overuse. One joint problem we can likely expect is carpometacarpal (CMC) joint osteoarthritis (OA).

Approximately 31 million Americans suffer from osteoarthritis (OA). Arthritis at the base of the thumb (CMC joint) is the second most common arthritis in the hand. This basilar thumb joint sustains pressure with normal hand function. With time, the joint can become unstable from ligament stretching and weaken with normal aging. Due to the vast flexibility of the CMC joint, many people ultimately engage in occupations while suffering pain. OTs are not immune to this diagnosis and may perhaps be highly susceptible secondary to work tasks such as massage, client transfers, and even computer data entry.  As society ages, the prevalence of OA is expected to increase while many workers hope to remain in the workforce longer.

To better prepare for life-long, successful occupational engagement, practitioners require CMC joint knowledge and interventions that are effective and evidence-based. This pre-conference institute aims to provide a relevant review of thumb anatomy and biomechanics via cadaver-based video, present the disease process of the CMC, and review surgical and therapeutic interventions. Joint mobilization, stability, strengthening, and joint protection techniques will be discussed. Finally, participants will be able to heighten their orthotic skills and will engage in the fabrication of a rigid, short CMC orthosis.

Cancellation and Refund Policy:  There will be NO refunds issued less than 30 days prior to conference.  Refunds may be issued if requested more than 30 days prior to conference, [less a $30 cancellation fee]


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