$49.00 USD

Overview of the Upper Extremity in Occupational Therapy

The learner of this course will be taught an overview of the upper extremity related to Occupational Therapy as it applies to a clinical perspective. The course participant will learn about the broad topic of upper extremity rehab through the lens of the OT domain including body structures, body functions, performance skills, and activities that can be achieved when all elements are working synchronously. Working proximally to distally, this course is comprised of a series of videos and audio recordings that will give you valuable clinical insights from a practitioner's perspective so that it can be immediately applied to treatments and interventions. There is 2.5 hours of learning and a graded assessment at its completion when the learner must score an 80% or higher.  The learner will be given a PDF for each lesson to help guide them through the course content in order to bolster learning. As an added resource, each learner will receive additional original handouts with helpful illustrations to guide and support learning. 

What you'll get:

  • 2.5 Contact Hours / .25 CEUs
  • 5 Course lecture PDFs + over 11 additional bonus handouts 
  • One year access to finish the course at your own pace


Required Information: 

Buffalo Occupational Therapy is an AOTA-approved provider of professional development. Course approval ID# 48653. This online interactive course is offered at .25 CEUs, introductory level, foundational content. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. 

Time-Ordered Agenda: 

Lesson One : Introduction to Upper Extremities

Lecture 1: Introduction to Upper Extremities

The Impact of Upper Body Posture on Daily Life Functionality (00:00 - 07:46)

Facilitating Recovery from Proximal to Distal to leverage synchronicity of the upper body (07:46 - 08:55)


Lesson Two: The Shoulder

Lecture 1: Introduction to the Shoulder

The Difference Between Shoulder Complex and Shoulder Girdle (00:00 - 06:29)

Understanding the Role of the Scapula in Mobility (06:29 - 12:32)

Avoid Compensatory Movement for Injury Prevention and Mobility (12:32 - 19:00)

Exploring Glenohumeral, Scaption and Scapulohumeral Movement and Rhythm (19:00 - 26:10)

Avoiding Shoulder Impingement Through Proper Muscular Length-Tension Balance (26:10 - 26:38)


Lecture 2: Introduction to Shoulder Osteokinematic Movements

Instructor verbally dictates osteokinematic movement and all muscles involved while volunteer demonstrates the movement . (0:00-3:34)


Lecture 3a: Scapular Mobility and Facilitation (Seated)

Instructor facilitates scapular mobility with live volunteer. Facilitation takes place seated in a chair (0:00-3:46)

Lecture 3b: Scapular Mobility and Facilitation (Sidelying)

Instructor facilitates scapular mobility with live volunteer. Facilitation takes place while volunteer is lying in a sidelying position. (0:00-3:46)


Lecture 4: Structures and Motions of the Shoulder and Scapula

The Difference between the Shoulder Girdle and Shoulder Complex for Functional Occupational Performance (00:00 - 06:41)

Developing Strategies for Improved Shoulder Mobility (06:41 - 13:32)

Understanding Scapula Humeral Rhythm as Applied to Shoulder Flexion/Abduction (13:33 - 20:51)

Assessing Scapular Activation Prior to Treatment for Post-CVA Patients (20:51 - 27:11)

Dynamic Strategies for Motor Re-Learning Post Cerebral Vascular Accident (27:11 - 31:29)


Lecture 5: Overview of the Shoulder Complex 


Lecture 6: Common Pathologies of the Shoulder

Common Shoulder Injuries and Diagnoses in Outpatient Occupational Therapy (00:00 - 08:38)

Treating Rotator Cuff Tear and Shoulder Impingement (08:38 - 16:49)

Dealing with Frozen Shoulder and Cervical Radiculopathy: Treatment and Strategies (16:49 - 25:12)

Decreasing Pain and Inflammation for Nerve Pain Related to Radiculopathy: Kinesiology Tape and Mental Practice (25:12 - 26:00)


Lesson Three: The Elbow and Common Diagnoses

Lecture 1 : The elbow and common diagnoses of the elbow

Understanding and Treating Elbow Pathologies (00:00 - 08:17)

Treating Tennis Elbow: An Occupational Therapy Practitioner's Approach (08:17 - 09:15)


Lesson Four: The Wrist and Hand and Common Diagnoses

Lecture 1 : Common pathologies of the wrist and hand

Common Wrist and Hand Conditions in Outpatient Occupational Therapy (00:00 - 08:21)

How to Manage Common Hand Pathologies and Injuries (08:21 - 15:56)

List of diagnses occupational therapy practitioners treat from re: wrist and hand  (15:56 - 16:06)


Course Objectives:

  • Develop and enhance understanding of the occupational therapy practitioner’s role in upper body remediation and rehabilitation.
  • Develop and enhance understanding of the shoulder complex and origination of movement in the distal upper extremity.
  • Develop and enhance understanding of the appendicular skeleton as it relates to bilateral upper extremity structures, functions, and movements and it’s integrative implications on lower extremity function, trunk position, gait, posture, ergonomics.
  • Develop and enhance understanding of common diagnoses impacting the upper extremities and potential evidence-based treatment strategies to use throughout the occupational therapy process to remain occupation-centered while remediating elements of dysfunction and providing solutions to decrease or address activity demands across contexts.
  • Learn and increase confidence in the facilitation of scapular mobility for a variety of diagnoses.

Completion Requirements

1. Learner must watch the module-based training in its entirety 

2. Learner must answer mixed format questions (multiple choice/ true or false) to demonstrate learning objectives / course objectives have been met. 


AOTA CEUs/Contact Hours: 

2.5 Contact Hours / .25 CEUs

Course Approval Code: 48653


Course Information: 

Date and Course Requirements:

The material will be accessible to you AT YOUR OWN PACE FOR 1 YEAR or the duration of your Thrive Membership (whichever is applicable). You must complete this course within that time period. You must complete all course objectives and applicable assessments.

Ask Questions:

This is an asynchronous learning platform. Submit questions via e-mail, receive answers via video/audio whichever is appropriate posted to the website (FAQ page)

Level of Difficulty: Introductory 

Information is geared to practitioners with little or no knowledge of the subject matter. Focus is on providing general introductory information.

Target Audience:

Occupational Therapy (OT/OTA) students and practitioners looking for additional instruction on introductory and foundational knowledge of the OT profession and how to use the OTPF-4 for confidence and clinical application.


Asynchronous Online Learning Platform


Buffalo Occupational Therapy will be organizing and delivering the program, Michelle Eliason, MS, OTR/L, CKTS will be teaching!

Instructional Methods:

(1) Webinar (2) Powerpoint Slides  (7) Ability to ask questions throughout the year and have them be answered via audio or video on the FAQs page.


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Cancellation Policy

Course Transfer Option: Within one week (7 days) of course purchase and proof that the course was not accessed,  at no charge, BOT will assist with a one-time transfer to a different course at equal or lesser investment.

Refund Option – Online Course: You are eligible for a refund if your Learndash account reflects that you have spent less than 2 total hours within the course. Your refund will be processed within 7-10 business days from receiving your refund request.* Any requests falling outside the timeframe stated in this policy, do not qualify for a refund.

Distance Learning - Interactive Courses / Provider-based Cancellation: If, for any reason, the course instructor will not be accessible to interact with any purchased course, the learner will have extended access to the course for the amount of time the course instructor is inaccessible. The course user will be contacted immediately and kept apprised of the status. 

 *Please note that many credit card companies have an additional 3-5 business day processing time for the refund to reflect on your credit card statement.

Financial Discolures

Buffalo Occupational Therapy stands to benefit financially from courses materials and additional materials referenced throughout the course in the form of treatment videos, memberships, PDFs, and other resources.


All educational resources are created to further the occupational therapy profession in our mission to help produce competent and confident clinical providers.


Buffalo Occupational Therapy and speakers do not stand to benefit financially from any textbooks or course materials authored by others that are mentioned throughout the course. As evidence-based and research-driven professionals, we have accumulated many great resources from other authors in the medical profession and freely promote these materials as separate purchases to aid in your wealth of knowledge throughout your career.

PD Provider Information

Buffalo Occupational Therapy PLLC

1404 Sweet Home Rd, Ste 11 

Buffalo, NY 14228

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Michelle Eliason, MS, OTR/L, PhD/c

[email protected]