Kara Rechard, PT, DPT and Jenny Ploss, PT, DPT attended their very first wrist and hand physical therapy course last weekend in Denver, Colorado.  So now we’re MORE ready for y’all with wrist and hand pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, forearm pain, wrist and forearm fractures, and hand weakness or numbness to come in and see us!  For you climbers, this is right up your alley, and for the rest of you, come see what we can do to help you get better!

The course we attended was from the IAOM (International Academy of Orthopedic Medicine), and I have taken a handful (couldn’t help myself) of courses from these guys, and I LOVE them.  I have learned about the knee, hip, low back, upper back, shoulder, and ribs so far, and Kara and I are planning on continuing our hand and wrist edification in order to really add to client/patient options in Albuquerque for wrist and hand physical therapy.

We learned all about how to better evaluate and treat the wrist and hand systematically, addressing any contributing factors to pain and dysfunction.  Did you know that there are 27 bones in the hand, and that we can test and address many of these in order to help with wrist and hand pain, or nerve pain?  We reinforced our knowledge and understanding of this super intricate area of the body, so that we can really address your hand and wrist issues in a more complete way.

I (Jenny) wanted to take the course for several reasons:

  1. I have been working with people with a variety of hand and wrist complaints or injuries, and I felt that I had finally gotten enough work under my belt to surpass the education I got in PT school at UNM.
  2. I am working toward working with more and more rock climbers, and although many of these climbers have a higher predominance of shoulder injuries/pain, there are those nagging finger and wrist complaints that we can DO something about!
  3. I love to learn.   I mean, really REALLY love to learn.
  4. I love to teach.  And you can be my pupil and learn how to get your wrist back into working shape again, better now than ever before!

Kara says she was interested in this course “for [her] biking and climbing patients.  The wrist and hand are heavily involved in both of these sports.”  Kara has been working with a variety of mountain bikers, road bikers, and rock climbers–many of these patients had wrist pain, but many actually had arm, elbow, or shoulder pain and ALSO have some wrist and forearm issues which prevented full recovery.  Now Kara says she can really address the whole upper extremity (arm and hand) better.

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Kara Rechard hand physical therapy Albuquerque Langford

Here are just a few of the things we learned about in this course that we can now address really well:

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Wrist instability and pain
  • Wrist and forearm fractures
  • Thumb pain and arthritis
  • CRPS (Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome)
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and Brachial Plexus injuries

Kara Rechard hand physical therapy Langford
Jenny Kara hand physical therapy Langford Albuquerque
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From Jenny:

My favorite parts of the course included the following

  • Solidifying the wrist anatomy (look at that detail, and notice how SMALL the bones and joints are).
  • Learning via IAOM’s approach, which is very organized and evidence-based, and really helps make a very complicated joint system feel more simple and maneagable.
  • Our drive up (weird, huh?!).  But that may have been influenced by our amazing mountain-bike ride in Salida, Colorado.

From Kara:

I was happy with the immediate application of the material. I was able to apply new forearm and  mobilizations day 1 after the course!  And I guess biking with Jenny was pretty awesome too (and neither of us broke a wrist–although we DID almost run over a very angry Rattlesnake).

Kara Rechard hand physical therapy Langford
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Kara Rechard hand physical therapy Albuquerque Langford

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