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Hand Care 2018 held at Downtown Marriott in Indianapolis

HAND CARE 2018: Advancing the Quality of Patient Care through Medical Education was held May 10 – 12 at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown in Indianapolis, Indiana with over 400 in attendance. The next Hand Care Conference will be held in 2020. Thank you to all that attended.

Hand Care 2018 is directed toward the practicing clinician and is presented at an intermediate level.  It is recommended for occupational therapists, physical therapists, physicians, physician assistants, and nurses with a special interest in hand rehabilitation.  A comprehensive format is designed around the dynamics of a team approach for total upper extremity care.  The course includes a full spectrum of subjects pertaining to the upper extremity including lecture presentations with handouts and reference lists, an anatomy and splinting lab, panel discussions and exhibits.  A portion of the proceeds from this course will be contributed to the American Hand Therapy Foundation (AHTF). AHTF supports the advancement of hand rehabilitation through clinical and scientific research.

Hand Care has been an Indiana Hand Center and Hand Rehabilitation Center of Indiana tradition since 1984. The meeting was established to share clinical knowledge with the goal of advancing the practice of hand therapy and quality of patient care both nationally and internationally.  In recent years the practice made an important decision to expand the practice name to Indiana Hand to Shoulder Center, reflecting our comprehensive treatment of the hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder.  In complement to this, the name of the therapy division of the practice was changed to Hand to Shoulder Therapy Center.

HAND CARE 2018

HAND CARE 2018: ADVANCING THE QUALITY OF PATIENT CARE THROUGH MEDICAL EDUCATION

MAY 10 – 12

INDIANAPOLIS MARRIOTT DOWNTOWN – INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA

 Hand Care 2018 is directed toward the practicing clinician and is presented at an intermediate level.  It is recommended for occupational therapists, physical therapists, physicians, physician assistants, and nurses with a special interest in hand rehabilitation.  A comprehensive format is designed around the dynamics of a team approach for total upper extremity care.  The course includes a full spectrum of subjects pertaining to the upper extremity including lecture presentations with handouts and reference lists, an anatomy and splinting lab, panel discussions and exhibits.  A portion of the proceeds from this course will be contributed to the American Hand Therapy Foundation (AHTF). AHTF supports the advancement of hand rehabilitation through clinical and scientific research.

Hand Care has been an Indiana Hand Center and Hand Rehabilitation Center of Indiana tradition since 1984. The meeting was established to share clinical knowledge with the goal of advancing the practice of hand therapy and quality of patient care both nationally and internationally.  In recent years the practice made an important decision to expand the practice name to Indiana Hand to Shoulder Center, reflecting our comprehensive treatment of the hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder.  In complement to this, the name of the therapy division of the practice was changed to Hand to Shoulder Therapy Center.

We invite you to come, relax, enjoy the city of Indianapolis and add to your existing knowledge of the hand and upper extremity. The meeting is intended to be both educational and fun!

http://www.handcare2018.com

Don’t Let Your Laptop Ruin Your Posture

fb_laptop_blogLaptop computers are everywhere. They’re portable and lightweight – so much so, that many people use them throughout the day, be it at work, at home, or at the local coffee shop. But laptop use can lead to posture problems, if you’re not careful.

The very thing that makes a laptop computer so popular – its convenient all-in-one design – also makes it a potential hazard. Unlike a desktop computer, a laptop’s keyboard and screen are attached to each other. Ergonomically speaking, an optimal computer setup would have your monitor in your direct eye line, your keyboard near your waist, and your forearms at a 90-degree angle to your upper arms. But due to its attached screen, this is not possible with a laptop.

With a laptop, you make sacrifices. Your typing position may be too high, which can cause issues such as carpal tunnel syndrome. And your monitor position may be too low, which can cause neck- and shoulder-strain issues.

To minimize laptop-related issues, you should consider the following suggestions:

  • Purchase a docking station and external monitor for your laptop. Not only will this monitor be larger and easier to read, it can be adjusted to a proper ergonomic level.
  • Consider a second keyboard. A second keyboard can be placed in a keyboard tray under your desk that can help you maintain an optimal 90-degree elbow angle.
  • Try to find a chair that can be adjusted to provide the best compromise between monitor angle and keyboard position.
  • If you are unable to work at an ergonomic laptop station, make sure you take frequent breaks—usually every 20 minutes or so. This will help minimize joint and muscle strain.
  • Be aware of warning signs. If you notice tingling, numbness, or pain, take a break. If it persists, see a doctor.
  • And, finally, never use a laptop on your lap. Not only does this force you to look down at your monitor at a very awkward angle, it also creates the risk of heat damage. Modern portable computers have become thinner and smaller as they’ve become more powerful. This means they generate more heat with less space to dissipate it. Consequently, laptops get extremely hot, especially when used for intensive tasks or for long periods of time. In fact, this risk of burning your skin is why laptops are no longer called laptops but are instead referred to as notebook computers by the computer industry.

For more information on laptop ergonomics visit our workstation tips page.

Hand Care 2016 Video From Nancy Cannon, OTR, CHT

Nancy Cannon, OTR, CHT has made a short video that previews Hand Care 2016 and what it offers therapists.  To watch the video click here.

Hand Care 2016 Dates

The Hand Care 2016 conference in Indianapolis, Indiana will be held on April 15-17, 2016.  More information on registration will be available soon.