Online Course
Upper Limb Management in Lower Tetraplegia
Learn how to prevent complications and improve upper limb function for patients with lower tetraplegia

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 function is vital for individuals with cervical spinal cord injuries to regain autonomy. Conservative management options and surgical pathways are available to enhance upper limb function. Conservative treatment includes positioning, splinting, passive and active range of motion, functional training, and training with adaptive equipment. Prevention must be considered when treatment strategies are selected. This course will explore upper limb management strategies for persons with lower-level cervical spinal cord injury, incomplete spinal cord injury and central cord syndrome from an Occupational Therapy and multidisciplinary team perspective.


This course aims to discuss multidisciplinary therapeutic strategies for upper limb management in lower tetraplegia.


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:

  • describe upper limb function in individuals with C6, C7 and C8 tetraplegia
  • provide at least five examples of therapeutic strategies to prevent the development of upper limb deformities in individuals with lower tetraplegia
  • discuss exercise therapy for the upper limb management of individuals with lower tetraplegia

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.

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The course has helped me to set realistic goals at the initial stages of the rehab.
Occupational Therapist