Introduction to Upper Extremity Casting

Description:  Upper extremity serial casting is an intervention used to manage soft tissue contractures. It is an advanced clinical skill that requires additional training to identify appropriate patients and understand the potential outcomes for casting. This webinar will give an overview of the following topics: casting goals, casting process including review of precautions and ideas for orthotics post casting that are important to consider when deciding to serial cast. Adult case studies will be provided.

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

  • Discuss current evidence for upper extremity serial casting and the types of upper extremity impairments that benefit from UE serial casting
  • Discuss indications and contraindications for UE serial casting
  • Identify when to discontinue casting/and follow-up after UE serial casting
  • Introduce selected casting material, types of casts and implications for their use

Instructor:  Susan Spoeri, MS, OTR/L - Occupational Therapist, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, Wheeling DayRehabilitation

Audience:  Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy Assistants, Physical Therapist, Physical Therapy Assistants 

Continuing Education Credits

Occupational Therapy
The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is an approved provider for the American Occupational Therapy Association to offer continuing education in occupational therapy. This introductory level program awards occupational therapists 0.1 CEUs or 1 contact hour. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. Category 1: Domain of OT – Client Factors; Category 2: OT Process - Intervention 

Physical Therapy

The Illinois Physical Therapy Board has approved this course for 1 contact hour. Approval #216-000069

The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board of Physical Therapy as an approved provider of physical therapy and physical therapist assistant continuing education. This course has been approved by the New York Physical Therapy Board for 1 Contact Hour


Financial: Receives an Honorarium for teaching this course from the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab
Non-financial: No non-financial disclosures at this time

Basic Computer Requirements: You will need access to a computer with an Internet connection. High speed broadband access (LAN, Cable or DSL) is highly recommended.

  • PC: Compatible Operating System: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 Web Browser: Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer 10 or higher
  • MAC: Compatible Operating System: OS X Web Browser: Firefox, Chrome, Safari

Cancellation Policy: To request a cancellation of an on-demand program, please provide written notice by letter, email, or fax or contact us by phone within 24 hours of placing your order and we will refund you the full course fee. If you cannot give notice within 24 hours, a credit towards a future course of equal value would apply.


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