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Third Annual Upper Extremity Symposium: Upper Extremity Sports Injury Prevention & Management

Date: Nov. 12, 2016
Where: Hartford Hospital Education & Research Center, Heublein Hall

Target Audience

Intermediate level course for Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists and students. 

Cost

OT/OTA: $149
PT/PTA: $149
Student: $49

Contact Hours

Six contact hours will be provided at the conclusion of the program

At the end of this program, the participants will be able to:

  • Understand the classification system used to define skiers thumb
  • Integrate science and clinical reasoning to develop a program for managing both non-operative and post-operative skiers thumb
  • Understand precautions and management of sports related PIP injuries
  • Identify and understand the pathophysiology and preventative techniques of Golfers’ Elbow
  • Identify common Golf Swing breakdowns that lead to Golfers’ Elbow

Register: Download The Brochure

Speakers

Mary Drake, OTR/L, CHT is the Director of Hand Therapy Services at Hartford Hospital Rehabilitation Network. Mary specializes in Upper Extremity Rehabilitation and has advanced training in treating Brachial Plexus Injuries. Mary is a Charter Member of the American Society of Hand Therapists and has served two terms on the ASHT Board as the International Affairs Chairperson.

Rachel Fraser, OTR/L, CHT is the Senior Clinical Therapist at Hartford Hospital and has specialized in Hand and Upper Extremity Rehabilitation for 29 years. She has lectured extensively to colleagues, the community and at the college level. Rachel is currently a clinical instructor for Bay Path University and a member of the New England Hand Society.

Dr. Andrew Caputo graduated from Virginia Tech in 1987 and from the Medical College of Virginia in 1991. He did his orthopedic surgery residency at University of Connecticut Health Center, and then completed his Hand Surgery Fellowship at Duke University Medical Center in 1998. Since then, he has been with Orthopedic Associates of Hartford dedicating his practice to problems related to the hand, wrist and elbow. His specialty covers all aspects of surgery, including joint reconstruction/replacement, arthroscopy, trauma, congenital defects, and work related problems.
In addition to his private practice, Dr. Caputo teaches residents and fellows from the UConn Health Center, where he currently is a Clinical Associate Professor. Dr. Caputo has lectured nationally and internationally on numerous topics related to hand, wrist and elbow surgery, and has served as an executive committee member on several regional surgical societies. He has been named one of the “Top Docs” in Connecticut Magazine for many years. He is also a medical advisor for the Burton Snowboard Company in Burlington, VT.

Nicholas Salvador, PA-C attended Springfield College, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree and a Master's degree in Physician Assistant Studies. He is a member of the New England Hand Society. His clinical interests include upper extremity trauma, specifically fracture care.

Carol Cleveland, OTR/L CHT graduated from the University of Hartford in 2001 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Occupational Therapy and completed the certificate in hand and upper quarter rehabilitation from Drexel University in 2004. She has been working in hand therapy for over 10 years, working for Hartford Hospital Rehabilitation Network for over 9 years. Carol became a certified hand therapist in 2012. Prior to joining HHRN, Carol worked in skilled nursing facilities and in long term-acute care at Gaylord Hospital.

Stefanie Bourassa, MSPT, DPT, CSCS received her Master's of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Hartford in 2008 where she also did her under graduate studies and played for their division I women’s soccer team. She earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Russell Sages Colleges in Troy, NY. Stefanie is a certified strength and conditioning specialist through NSCA and is an active member of the Sports Physical Therapy Section of the APTA. Stefanie is a Director at Large on the Board of Directors for the Connecticut Physical Therapy Association. She is currently the Sports Medicine Program Director and the Site Director for the Center for Musculoskeletal Health at the Bone and Joint Institute of Hartford Hospital. Stefanie enjoys coaching for the Enfield Stars, a local team for the Special Olympics of Connecticut. She also enjoys teaching anatomy and physiology at Asnuntuck Community College and teaches orthopedic continuing education course work throughout the country.

At the end of this program, the participants will be able to:
• Understand the classification system used to define skiers thumb
• Integrate science and clinical reasoning to develop a program for managing both non-operative and post-operative skiers thumb
• Understand precautions and management of sports related PIP injuries
• Identify and understand the pathophysiology and preventative techniques of Golfers’ Elbow
• Identify common Golf Swing breakdowns that lead to Golfers’ Elbow

Course Schedule

7:30–8 a.m. Registration and Breakfast
8–8:05 a.m. Welcome & introductions
8:05–9 a.m. Andrew Caputo, MD
Clinical decision making for surgical and non-surgical management of common ski and snowboard injuries
9–9:30 a.m. Rachel Fraser, OTR/L, CHT
Diagnosis review, evaluation and therapeutic management of skier’s thumb
9:30–10 a.m. Carol Cleveland OTR/L, CHT
Therapeutic management of sports related mallet finger and jersey finger injuries
10–10:15 a.m. Break
10:15–10:45 a.m. Nick Salvadore, PA-C
Discussion of diagnosis and medical management of sports related PIP dislocation injuries
10:45–11:15 a.m. Mary Drake, OTR/L, CHT
Rehab management of sports related PIP dislocations
11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Lunch (on your own)
12:15–1:15 p.m. Splint Labs
PIP gutter, Mallet, PIP block
1:15–2:45 p.m. Stefanie Bourassa, MSPT, DPT, CSCS
Evaluation of the elbow and new standards of the prevention and treatment of this chronic injury, including swing analysis lab
2:45–3 p.m. Q & A, and Wrap-up

Registration Required

Please mail or fax registration to:
Hartford HealthCare Rehabilitation Network
c/o Ania Kawecki
181 Patricia M. Genova Drive
Newington, CT 06111
860.696.2550 tel
860.696.2525 fax

Register: Download The Brochure

Directions

GPS Address:
474 or 500 Hudson Street
Hartford, CT 06102

Traveling East
Take I-84 East to Hartford. Take the Capitol Avenue Exit 48-B (a right hand exit). At the end of the ramp between the State Capitol Building and the Legislative Office Building, turn left onto Capitol Avenue and turn right onto Washington St. (at the equestrian statue of Gen. Lafayette).  Continue south to the fourth traffic light and turn left onto Jefferson St. At the second traffic light, turn left onto Hudson St. The entrance to the garage will be on your right.
 
Traveling South
Take I-91 South to Hartford. Take the Capitol Area Exit 29A (a right hand exit). Keeping in the right lane, take the first exit (Columbus Boulevard/Convention Center) and turn left crossing the Columbus Boulevard Bridge. Continue through five (5) traffic lights (Columbus Blvd. will curve west and uphill, becoming Wyllis St.). At the fifth traffic light, continue straight, crossing Main St. onto Jefferson Street. At the first traffic light on Jefferson St., turn right onto Hudson St. The entrance to the garage will be on your right.
 
Traveling West
Take I-84 West to Hartford.   Take the “Downtown Hartford” Exit 54 (a left hand exit) over the Founders Bridge and guide your vehicle to the far left lane. At the bottom of the bridge, turn left onto Columbus Boulevard, travel past the Convention Center and across the Columbus Boulevard Bridge. Continue through five (5) traffic lights (Columbus Blvd. will curve west and uphill, becoming Wyllis St.). At the fifth traffic light, continue straight, crossing Main St. onto Jefferson Street. At the first traffic light on Jefferson St., turn right onto Hudson St. The entrance to the garage will be on your right.
 
Traveling North
Take 1-91 North to Hartford, follow “Capitol Area” signs to exit 29A (a left-hand exit). Move immediately to the right lane and take the first exit (Columbus Boulevard/Convention Center) and turn left crossing the Columbus Boulevard Bridge. Continue through five (5) traffic lights (Columbus Blvd. will curve west and uphill, becoming Wyllis St.). At the fifth traffic light, continue straight, crossing Main St. onto Jefferson Street. At the first traffic light on Jefferson St., turn right onto Hudson St. The entrance to the garage will be on your right.
 
From Southeast (Route 2) 
Take the “Downtown Hartford” exit onto the Founders Bridge. At the bottom of the bridge, turn left onto Columbus Boulevard, travel past the Convention Center and across the Columbus Boulevard Bridge. Continue through five (5) traffic lights (Columbus Blvd. will curve west and uphill, becoming Wyllis St.). At the fifth traffic light, continue straight, crossing Main St. onto Jefferson Street. At the first traffic light on Jefferson St., turn right onto Hudson St. The entrance to the garage will be on your right.


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