Monday, June 11, 2007

Celebrating Health, Safety & Injury Prevention

About Hand Therapy and this week's convention ...

"Simply put, the goals of ergonomic intervention are to reduce the impact of an injury that is already established and to prevent injuries from occurring. For those with an interest in ergonomics and the prevention of traumatic and repetitive injuries, two concurrent health and safety observances taking place in June uphold these goals. June is the month to celebrate health, safety and injury prevention.

Hand Therapy Awareness and Injury Prevention Week : June 11-15, 2007

The American Society of Hand Therapists (ASHT) is sponsoring Hand Therapy Awareness and Injury Prevention Week from June 11-15, 2007. ASHT was founded in 1977 and provides support services to more than 3000 hand therapy professionals. Its stated mission is to advance the science of hand therapy. Its stated vision is to be the recognized leader the hand therapy field. ASHT accomplishes this through education, communication, advocacy, research, and the establishment of clinical and ethical standards in the hand therapy profession.

Certified hand therapists are occupational or physical therapists who have received special training and passed a national certification examination in the treatment of hand and arm injuries. To be certified shows a high-level of training and competence in the treatment of these injuries. Types of injuries treated by hand therapists include accidental and traumatic (fractures, cuts, bumps, bruises, sprains, amputation, burns), repetitive (carpal tunnel, tendinitis, tennis or golfer's elbow, nerve compressions, muscle strains), arthritic and neurological.

ASHT takes the position that the advantages of preventing injuries are just as important to discuss as the benefits of treating established injuries. Hand Therapy Awareness & Injury Prevention Week offers the opportunity for hand therapists to go into the community and provide information and tips for avoiding injuries and living a healthy and productive life."    (Continued via Bella Online)    [Ergonomics Resources]

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