This archived webinar was originally broadcast on December 14th, 2017 with guest speaker Jamie McGaha, OTR, CHT, CEAS, OTD, COMT

This webinar will examine common upper extremity injuries and the role of ergonomic assessment and intervention in assisting individuals returning to work. Common Injuries, both traumatic and cumulative in nature will be discussed, in addition to secondary acute and chronic symptoms that can result in limited ability to perform job tasks. An overview of ergonomic solutions targeted at addressing changes after injury will be provided in order to investigate how a proper fit between the environment and person may potentially allow for: quicker return to work, employee safety and success, and reduction in exposures that could exacerbate sequela of symptoms and result in further injury.

Objectives

  • Identify three common upper extremity (UE) injuries and define the general medical and therapeutic treatments for each
  • Explain the potential sequela of symptoms from identified UE injuries and summarize how they relate to functional deficits and limited work participation
  • Describe the purpose of a Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE) and job demand analysis for injured employees returning to work
  • Analyze where ergonomic assessment and intervention can be implemented in an injured workers’ return to work process; describe one area for assessment and one for intervention. 
  • List two to three ergonomic solutions for returning workers as they apply to functional deficits from UE injuries and workers’ job requirements

*CEUs:
This course is currently pre-approved for Continuing Education CEs by the BOC and COPSKT. The Back School is also an AOTA Approved Provider (#4849) and is authorized to offer AOTA  1 contact hour for this class. AOTA Classification Codes: Category 1: Domain of OT & Category 2: Occupational Therapy Process. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA

This and many of our courses are currently or have in the past been pre-approved for continuing education credit by most state PT boards. Other specialties/professional disciplines should be able to submit for individual credit but it is important for you to contact your state licensing board or professional credentialing board for information regarding policies and the amount of continuing education credits allowed for online courses.


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Jamie McGaha, OTR, CHT, CEAS, OTD, COMT

Jamie McGaha, OTR, CHT, CEAS, OTD, COMT

Jamie McGaha is a licensed occupational therapist who practices in outpatient hand therapy in Austin, TX. Jamie’s practice experience includes a variety of upper extremity diagnoses ranging from cumulative trauma and musculoskeletal disorders to traumatic and post-operative orthopedic injuries. In addition to Jamie’s full time clinical work, she is experienced in ergonomic assessments and interventions for the office worker, automotive assembly line, and the flooring installer trade. She is an assistant faculty member for anatomy at University of St. Augustine’s occupational therapy program in Austin, TX.

Jamie earned her Doctorate of Occupational Therapy from Washington University in St. Louis with a research emphasis on ergonomics and upper extremity disorders. Jamie is a certified orthopedic manual therapist for the upper extremity, has current and ongoing research on the topic of thumb arthritis, and is a member of the American Society for Hand Therapists, the Central Texas Hand Society, and the Arthritis Foundation’s Media Bureau. Jamie’s research is published in peer reviewed journals such as Applied Ergonomics and Journal of Hand Therapy.