Online Course
Upper Limb Positioning and Management Strategies in Spinal Cord Injury
Learn about arm positioning, stretching, strengthening, the tenodesis grasp and spasticity management for persons with 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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Individuals with cervical spinal cord injuries depend on their upper limbs to perform activities of daily living, such as transfers, dressing, and wheelchair propulsion. However, range of motion limitations, joint contracture, spasticity, pain and fatigue can significantly limit functional abilities in persons with spinal cord injury. This course will discuss specific therapeutic strategies used to treat and prevent health complications after cervical spinal cord injuries, such as positioning, stretching, strengthening, the tenodesis grasp and spasticity management. It also explores a range of modalities used to treat the upper limb in individuals with tetraplegia.In this course Wendy Oelofse gives the Occupational Therapy perspective with applications and considerations for the multidisciplinary team.


This course aims to discuss positioning and management strategies for the upper limb in individuals with cervical spinal cord injuries.


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 activities
  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.


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 - Reading Physiopedia pages, journal articles, book chapters. Watching videos. Attempting quizzes. 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 1.1 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:

  • identify common upper limb complications in individuals with tetraplegia
  • describe optimal positions for maintaining upper limb range of motion in individuals with tetraplegia
  • discuss therapeutic strategies for upper limb management in individuals with tetraplegia