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Welcome to Tetrahand World Congress 2023!

Shepherd Center welcomes you to Tetrahand World Congress 2023 in Atlanta, Georgia! The Congress is from November 9 - 11, 2023, with a pre-congress workshop on November 8, 2023.

This website is your home for evaluations and CE credit claims for all Congress sessions as well as the Pre-Congress workshop.  You can access session evaluations, check your progress on your Learner Transcript and edit your profile.   At the end of the conference, you will be able submit your conference evaluation, claim your CE credit and download your certificate.

The conference brings together clinicians in physical medicine and rehabilitation, surgery, and occupational and physical therapy, as well as hand specialists from all over the world.

Topics include surgical and non-surgical interventions targeting upper extremity function for people living with cervical spinal cord injury.

Continuing education credit and approvals are pending final agenda.

Target Audience: Physicians/assistants, surgeons, physical therapists/assistants, occupational therapists/assistants, research scientists, and rehabilitation engineers.

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Conference Details

Description: The Tetrahand World Congress is a scientific symposium geared to share the latest advancements regarding a wide range of topics such as surgical/non-surgical interventions, rehabilitation, and innovation to improve the functional abilities of individuals with a cervical spinal cord injury.   Sessions will include time for invited speakers to present both the history and innovation in upper extremity reconstruction and rehabilitation. Facilitated group discussions will encourage sharing of best practices to improve the quality of life of the patients we serve.

Learning Outcome: Physicians, rehabilitation specialists, and researchers will increase their breadth of knowledge and outcomes for innovative approaches to restore and enhance function in persons with tetraplegia.

Level of Education: Advanced 

Target Audience:  Physicians/Physician Assistants; Physical Therapists/Physical Therapist Assistants; Occupational Therapists/Certified Occupational Therapist Assistants; Rehab Engineers and Research Scientists

Session Learning Objectives:

  1. Decision Making: Analyze patient selection and optimal timing for upper extremity reconstruction procedures.
  2. FES: Predict candidacy for the use of implantable functional electrical stimulation as a tool in surgical intervention.
  3. Spasticity: Analyze surgical and non-surgical outcomes of the spastic upper extremity as it relates to patient quality of life.
  4. Tendon Transfer: Apply expected outcomes associated with various tendon transfer techniques to clinical practice.
  5. Rehab:  Examine innovative approaches in upper extremity rehabilitation to promote engagement in functional activities.
  6. Basic Science: Distinguish physiological differences associated with outcomes from upper extremity reconstruction procedures.
  7. Nerve Transfer: Evaluate the challenges and successes associated with outcomes of the tetraplegic hand post nerve transfer surgery.
  8. Tendon & Nerve Transfer and Outcomes: Appraise the benefits of combined nerve and tendon transfer.

An Interactive Workshop for the Advancement of Upper Extremity Assessments Used to Measure Readiness and Success of Reconstructive Surgery 

Workshop Description: This workshop is designed for rehabilitation therapists who specialize in the care and rehabilitation of individuals with upper extremity impairment due to cervical spinal cord injury.  Focus will aim to describe currently used assessments in preparation for upper extremity reconstructive procedures, noting international variations in implementation.  Sessions will engage participants in discussion and seek collaboration amongst therapists in the international community. 

Workshop Learning Outcome: Through knowledge sharing, rehabilitation specialists will identify gaps in practice to optimize clinical assessment before and after surgical intervention of the upper extremity.  

Level: Intermediate 

Target Audience: Physical Therapists/Physical Therapist Assistants; Occupational Therapists/Certified Occupational Therapist Assistants

Workshop Learning Objectives :

  1. Integrate the updated GRT THA scoring for use in the clinical setting. 
  2. Select the most appropriate outcome measures, based on the ICF model, for measuring impacts of spasticity and spasticity reducing surgeries. 
  3. Identify the importance of shoulder assessment as it impacts readiness for elbow extension reconstruction procedures. 
  4. Compare and contrast assessment tools used internationally before and after nerve transfer procedures.