Radial Fracture, Part 1: Initial Assessment Begins
It’s been eight weeks since she had her surgery for her distal radial fracture. The certified hand therapist (CHT) begins the outpatient treatment session by gathering information from the patient about her pain and limitations following surgery.
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Peds Assessment: Administration of the Test of Visual Motor Skills
The therapist administers the Test of Visual Motor Skills to a 6 year old with fine motor, attention and developmental vision challenges.
Initiating Treatment Bedside, Part 3: Self-Care
The therapist introduces self-care tasks with a stroke survivor while working on sitting balance, weight shifts and visual field deficits in the acute care hospital.
IADLs: Washing Dishes While Standing
During her treatment session at home, this stroke survivor requires assistance as she walks up to her kitchen sink. The therapist encourages her to utilize her involved hand and lower extremities as she washes dishes while standing, facilitating both
Upper Extremity Observations
It is easy to see the structures and asymmetry of the trunk and involved shoulder in this stroke survivor. Observations from the front, side and back help the therapist to identify specific problem areas.
IADLs: Sweeping the Sidewalk
Functioning at a high level, this stroke survivor attempts to utilize his involved hand during an IADL task: sweeping the sidewalk.