Online Course
Upper Limb Management in Upper Tetraplegia
Learn about strategies to restore hand function in a person with upper tetraplegia

1.5-2 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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Restoring hand function is one of the most important goals for a person with tetraplegia. Upper extremity function in a person with a high-level spinal cord injury (SCI) is associated with improved quality of life and maintaining social relationships. Interventions for the upper limb may need to focus on preventing complications and creating ideal conditions for upper limb rehabilitation. Therapy must be tailored to each person, and patient feedback is essential. In this course Wendy Oelofse gives the Occupational Therapy perspective with applications and considerations for the multidisciplinary team.


This course aims to describe multidisciplinary interventions for upper limb management in individuals with C4 or C5 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 1.5-2 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 1.3 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:

  • discuss goals and strategies for the upper limb management of individuals with C4 and C5 tetraplegia
  • list the most common splints used in the upper limb management of individuals with C4 and C5 tetraplegia and their roles
  • describe adaptive equipment and assistive technologies used in the upper limb management of individuals with C4 and C5 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.

Featured reviews
It is a very insightful course that addresses specific challenges faced by individuals with C4, C5 and C6 levels of spinal cord injuries with special tips and leanings from a knowledgeable course instructor. It is beneficial to apply in a practical setting.
Sakshi Gandhe
This course was well-designed for prosthetists and orthotists dealing with upper limb injuries in SCI patients.
Muhammad Waseem Khan