Rehabilitation of the Hand

Organizing institution
HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht - Healthcare
Course code
Course fee (excl. housing)
€ 625.00
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This course is intended for students and recent graduates in physiotherapy and related fields interested in hand therapy. For those interested in pursuing a career in hand therapy this course will provide an excellent foundation. For others, it will provide a solid base of knowledge for occasional 'hand patients'. The purpose of this two-week summer course is to provide participants with knowledge and skills of the most common diseases, injuries and surgeries of the hand and wrist. 
The participant will obtain a deeper understanding of hand anatomy and movement patterns. The diagnostic process is discussed in seminars and in presence of ‘real life’ patients at the St. Antonius hospital, which we will visit during the course. We will design treatment plans in accordance with the wound healing process and the contextual factors of the patient off course. To do all this we will use various interactive methods to encourage clinical reasoning. You will be introduced to the specialized field of hand therapy during lectures and workshops by hand therapists (physical therapists and occupational therapist) and a plastic surgeon.
Of course it is an illusion that you can become an expert in hand rehabilitation within a period of two weeks. On the other hand, you will learn things and get acquainted with knowledge and skills that little other students have.  We hope and expect that you and your future patients will experience benefits of the knowledge and inspiration that you will gain during this summer course.
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Course director

Angelique Hagen


Lectures and workshops by hand therapists (physical therapists and occupational therapist) and a plastic surgeon.

Target audience

Students (2nd year and higher) and recent graduates in physiotherapy, occupational therapy, kinetics therapy and medical students interested in hand therapy.

Course aim

Upon completion, the participant will be able to:
1. Describe the functional anatomy of the hand and wrist.
2. Recognize the clinical features of common hand and wrist pathologies.
3. Evaluate hand and wrist function.
4. Make a choice in treatment options for patients, based on wound healing principles and functional anatomy.
5. Communicate more comfortable in English within a professional context.
6. Explain the value of an interdisciplinary approach in hand rehabilitation

Study load

The course consists of 2 x 5 week days from 9 am to 5 pm: (Guest) lectures, workshops, group assignment and excursions.
Preparation assignment: refreshing anatomy and wound healing principles and pre-reading.


€ 625.00
Housing € 350.00 , through Utrecht Summer School

More information

Angelique Hagen
E: Angelique.hagen@hu.nl
T: +31 6-38763297


Application deadline: 20 May 2018