Online Course
Preventing Upper Limb Pain and Injury in Spinal Cord Injury
Learn about upper limb preservation in persons with SCI

1-1.5 hours





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Wendy Oelofse
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Wendy Oelofse is an occupational therapist with a passion for spinal cord injury rehabilitation.

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Upper limb problems, including pain, overuse injuries, range of motion limitations or contracture, are common complications in persons with spinal cord injuries (SCI). Specific risk factors are associated with upper limb issues, and these should be identified during the assessment of a client with a spinal cord injury. This assessment should evaluate pain levels, the cause of pain, functional impairments, the physical environment, equipment used for activities of daily living, and more. As will be discussed in this course, appropriate multidisciplinary management is essential to ensure the preservation of upper limb function in individuals with spinal cord injury.


This course aims to discuss ways to prevent and manage upper limb pain and dysfunction in individuals with spinal cord injury.


This course is made up of videos, reading, forum posts and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:

  1. Video
  2. Reading activity
  3. Quiz

Target audience

This course is aimed at rehabilitation professionals, students and assistants including but not limited to Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists, Rehabilitation Doctors, Rehabilitation Nurses, Prosthetists, Orthotists, Psychologists, Audiologists, Dietetics, Social Workers. Community Health Workers, Nurses or Medical Doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.


Availability - this course is online and can be completed on your own schedule.

Hours of Learning - No deadlines are applied to this course and it can be started and completed in your own time according to your personal schedule. We expect the required elements to take around 1-1.5 hours depending on your schedule and learning style. Additionally there are many optional resources provided and if you choose to review these the course could take longer to complete.

Types of Activities - Watching videos, reading, a final quiz and participating in an international discussion forum.

Certificates - At the end of the course, when you have completed all of the required elements, you will be able to download a certificate of completion and 1 Plus points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.

Requirements to complete this course

In order to complete this course and receive a course completion certificate plus CEUs/CCUs/CPD points you will need to:

  1. Respect the Plus Community Culture.
  2. Log all the required learning activities as complete (represented by the orange icons!).
  3. Actively and appropriately participate in the course discussions.
  4. Pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more.
  5. Complete a course evaluation form.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • list risk factors associated with upper limb pain and injury in persons with spinal cord injury
  • recognise problems and interventions related to upper limb pain and performing activities of daily living
  • identify at least 4 aspects of the home and environment assessment that are essential for a person with spinal cord injury who has upper limb pain
  • identify at least 2 adaptations to address upper limb pain during transfers and wheelchair mobility.

Instructor financial and non-financial disclosures

Wendy Oelofse: No relevant relationships disclosed by instructor.


For special needs or accommodations please contact us with details of how we can meet your needs.

Featured reviews
This course has increased my confidence in participating in a multidisciplinary team and managing strategies for a spinal cord injury patient.
Alozious Bataringaya
Occupational Therapist
I have been working in this field for a long time and am still learning new things! Well done!
Liesl Barnard
South Africa