Orthopedic Assessment & Treatment of the Elbow and Wrist

Course Overview

This course presents the structure and function of the upper limb and its relationship to pathology. A comprehensive anatomical and biomechanical review of each segment and relevant musculoskeletal/neurological pathology will be presented. Through a combination of lecture and laboratory sessions, participants will learn pertinent assessment and intervention techniques designed to increase their effectiveness in the management of these conditions. A review of pathology of each segment is included. Treatment interventions reviewed will include selected joint and soft tissue mobilization procedures, recommended modality interventions, exercise prescription, taping and splinting techniques. Participants will demonstrate clinical competency as determined by the faculty and complete a daily post-test. At successful conclusion of the course, participants will receive a certificate for 16 hours of continuing competence.

Course Format


Saturday June 10, 2017 | 8:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m
Sunday June 11, 2017 | 8:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m

Please dress comfortably. Participants will be practicing techniques on each other. Participants must attend the entire course.

Learning Objectives

   Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the normal biomechanical systems of the elbow and wrist and be able to apply this information to the management of functional deficits of the upper limb.
  2. Perform a comprehensive musculoskeletal and neurological assessment of the elbow and wrist  
  3. Apply assessment data into appropriate exercise and modality prescription to maximize functional performance.
  4. Incorporate positioning, orthotic prescription and taping techniques as needed to rest inflamed and irritated soft tissues.

Course Requirements

This course is designed for therapists with intermediate to advanced skills and at least two years of experience in treating the upper extremity.


Paul Bonzani, MHS, OTR/L, CHT, Clinical Assistant Professor, University of New Hampshire

Course Location

Building 1 | Creighton Hall 

Pacific University College of Health Professions
222 SE 8th Avenue, Hillsboro, Oregon 97123

Parking is free in the parking garage | Building 3 
Hillsboro Campus Map

Registration - Register Online

Pacific University Alumni $375
Pacific University Preceptor $400
General Registration $425

Space is limited. Registration is first come, first served. A minimum of 16 participants are required to conduct this course. A maximum of 30 spaces are available. Building and classrooms are ADA accessible.

Day(s) of Course

Please dress comfortably. Participants will be practicing techniques on each other.

Continuing Education/Professional Development/Continuing Competence

This course in not required to be pre-approved by Physical Therapy boards in Oregon or Washington for CE/PD/CC credit per regulations. If your state requires pre-approval, please contact Course Coordinator for further discussion. 


Refunds less $25 administration fee will be granted up to and including May 26, 2017. Beginning May 26, 2017 no refunds will be granted.  No refunds will be granted for partial attendance in this course. Registration fees will be refunded in full if this course is .canceled by Pacific University Continuing Education


Email lisa.downing@pacificu.edu or call 503-352-2663.