We use our hands to interact with objects and people in our environments, so if these interactions become painful after injury or surgery, participation can be disrupted. In this course, we will review contemporary understandings of hypersensitivity and allodynia, and apply this knowledge to the selection of evaluations and interventions in the context of hand therapy practice. Participants will be able to select and interpret assessments of somatosensation, and develop graded intervention strategies for sensory adaptation and retraining.
Tara Packham, PhD, OT
Tara Packham is an occupational therapist with over 25 years of experience in hand and upper limb rehabilitation, which birthed an interest in pain research. She calls herself a recycled alumnus of McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada as she received three degrees, most recently a PhD from McMaster, and now is an assistant professor in the School of Rehabilitation Science. Her teaching and research program focus on optimizing measurement and moving evidence into practice to promote well-being, participation and recovery in musculoskeletal and neurological conditions.