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Reasonable Useful Lifetime
(Posted: 09/15/2023)

Legislation was introduced in June in the House of representatives to remove RUL for orthoses. Your advocacy is needed!

Link to APTA advocacy HR 4315 template letter.

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House of Delegates 2023 Report
(Posted: 08/10/2023)

The House of Delegate Meetings took place over 3 days in July: A virtual meeting on July 8 and in-person July 23-24.


Elections for Speaker of the House, Treasurer, 4 Directors for the Board and 2 Nominating Committee members were held on July 8. More info can be found here: 2023 Election Results


There were 28 motions:  2 postponed indefinitely, 5 withdrawn, 1 ruled “out of order”, 2 defeated, and 18 passed.

APTA Board-Certification

Two motions amended the present ABPTS Certification to add “Subspecialty” certification language under ABPTS authority.  Hand Rehabilitation is included as a “subspecialty”.  Subspecialties will be eligible to petition for the creation of a subspecialty exam and recognition as APTA board-certified clinical subspecialists.

Two motions affected PTAs:  The first, a by-Laws amendment, was passed allowing components to elect one PTA delegate to serve in the HOD in addition to the two PTA engagement group delegates.  Components will have to review their by-laws regarding delegate representation and decide whether to adopt this change.

In the second motion, the BOD was charged with exploring alternate models of education and practice to develop a consistent scope of work for the PTA, based on recommendations from the PTA Education Summit and subsequent report.

Seven motions charged the BOD to take action, including the PTA education mentioned above: to promote PTs as providers for post-acute Covid-19 care, to develop social media marketing strategies for components, APTA was charged with providing education and support for components for social media marketing, to create resources related to screening, referrals and authorization for participation in community-based health promotion, injury prevention, and physical activity programs, develop a plan to promote pay equity on the basis of sex/gender/gender identity in physical therapy, advocate for streamlined credentialling process emphasizing portability, and to develop a searchable system for House business from 2018 forward.

Five motions directed the BOD to adopt positions including:  support for education to identify signs of human trafficking, inclusion PT referral in CPGs and recommendations, pay equity, pay transparency by PT and PTA employers, initiatives to improve rural health, and primacy of regulatory statutes over third-party payer policies.


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Past Events

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Apr 05, 2023: Webinar #2 of Spring Series

On Wednesday April 5, 2023 from 8:00-9:00pm ET  Nancy Byl, PT, PhD, FAPTA* will present  Are We Effectively Managing Task Specific Hand Dystonia with Comprehensive Behavioral Training? via live Webinar.

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Everyone who registers will receive a recording, handouts, and Evaluation & Quiz. The quiz must be taken with a score of 80% or higher to receive a Certificate of Completion for one contact hour continuing education. Contact the Office at [email protected] or call/text 7785-813-1492 with questions. 

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Mar 20, 2023: Spring Webinar Series Starts March 20th

Spring Webinar Series Kicks Off March 20th 

Three Webinars will be offered this spring.   Each will be worth 1.0 contact hours of Continuing Education with sucessfull completion of a quiz. All webinars are from 8:00-9:00pm ET.  PT & PTA Members receive a discount if registering for all 3 when registering for the March 20th webinar. Student Members receive the webinars FREE.

  • Monday March 20th  Contemporary Exercise Prescription for LET; It's All About the Dose  with Ann Lucado, PT, PhD, CHT
  • Wednesday April 5th Nancy Byl, PT, PhD, FAPTA will present Are We Effectively Managing Task Specific Hand Dystonia with Comprehensive Behavioral Training?
  • Monday June 5th Beyond Keyboards and Mice with Emily Altman, PT, DPT, CHT, OCS, CLT-LANA, WCC

CLICK HERE for Course Details

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Sep 03, 2022 – Nov 15, 2022: 2022 Fall Webinar Series

Register for one webinar for $20 or all three for $45  (member's price) 

Go to the Registration page for all the details 


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Aug 04, 2022: House of Delegate Informational Call


August 4, 2022 
9:30 to 10:00 pm ET
via ZOOM 

Join the APTA Hand & Upper Extremity Delegation to learn about the motions that will be addressed during the 2022 House of Delegates.  Members are encouraged to ask questions and voice opinions.

The 2022 Delegation includes: Marsha Lawrence, Chief Delegate, Jane Fedorczyk, Section Delegate, and Scott Stevenson, Alternate Delegate 
Members are encouraged to review Packet II containing the motions which can be found at this LINK.  Your elected delegation is wanting your input to provide direction in how you wish for them to vote on the upcoming items being discussed. 
If you need more information on the APTA House of Delegates visit  here.   

This call is via zoom 
on Aug 4 9:30 -10:00 pm ET

No registration is required

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Jul 18, 2022 – Aug 01, 2023: FREE WEBINAR to ALL APTA MEMBERS

The Effects of SARS-CoV-2 on the Peripheral Nervous System: Implications for the Upper Extremity.  

This is being offered FREE to ALL APTA members.   

ON-DEMAND session will open Monday August 1, 2022.  


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May 16, 2022 – May 17, 2022: Spring Webinar Series #3 Registration Open

Webinar #3 of 2022 Spring Series is 

May 16, 2022 (Monday)   8:00-9:00pm Eastern Time 

Look at your patient’s hands! The importance of examining the hands for differential diagnosis  

Matthew Caster, PT, DPT, OCS, CHT

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Apr 11, 2022: Webinar April 11, 2022 Targeted UE Rehab Strategies for Infants & Toddlers

Sue Duff MPT, EdD, OT/L, CHT will present Targeted UE Rehab Strategies for Infants & Toddlers on Monday April 11, 2022. 

The webinar is from 8:00 to 9:00 pm ET  Registrants can earn 1.0 contact hours of Continuing Education. 

Based on the evidence, engaging, activity-based treatment options may be the most effective means of fostering recovery in infants and toddlers with neurological conditions. Targeted strategies promoting self-generated action may best improve outcomes. The speaker will begin this webinar with a review of select problems linked to hand and arm dysfunction in infants and toddlers, presenting with peripheral nerve or other neurological conditions. The session will progress to a review of novel treatment methods focusing on low-cost and technology-based options used to foster motor learning and prehensile skill. While promising, some programs require further investigation before implementation into home-based or clinic programs. The session will end with a group discussion to critically assess the interventions reviewed and alternatives, with regard to timing, intensity and the ability to address key clinical problems.


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Feb 26, 2022 – Mar 23, 2022: Webinar March 23rd Thumb CMC Arthritis

2022 Webinar Series launches Wednesday March 23rd  from 8:00-9:00pm ET 


Thumb CMC Arthritis: Conservative Hand Therapy  with   Stacy Hite, PT, DPT, MS, CHT

            Pain that limits hand function affects crucial self-care tasks, independence, and participation in activities for pleasure and recreation. Being over 40 years old is a risk factor for developing thumb CMC pain. Up to 1 of 3 post-menopausal women have symptoms due to thumb CMC arthritis. Chances are clients you are treating for other diagnoses have this painful, limiting condition. This webinar will give you knowledge and tools for initial conservative treatment for thumb CMC arthritis, thus providing an opportunity for further improving the quality of life for your clients.



Participants will be able to

  • Identify dynamic and static stabilizers of the thumb CMC joint
  • Identify deforming forces at the thumb CMC joint and interventions for preventing these factors
  • Prescribe a conservative management program including home modalities for pain, appropriate orthoses and appropriate neuromuscular reeducation activities for dynamic stabilization.

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Feb 22, 2022: Business Meeting of APTA Hand & Upper Extremity



FEBRUARY 22, 2022   8:30 - 9:30 PM ET 

 The Zoom Link and Agenda will be sent to all members via an Email closer to the meeting date.  

If you have an item to be consider for the Agenda please contact Julie Newman, Component Executive at [email protected] 

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Feb 18, 2022 – Jul 18, 2022: Calling CSM 2023 Presenters

APTA is calling for Proposals for CSM 2023 to be held in San Diego, CA from February 22-25, 2023 

Session Proposals are accepted through March 14, 2022

Platform & Poster Abstracts are accepted through July 18, 2022

Visits  HERE for all the details and forms. 

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Feb 03, 2022 – Feb 05, 2022: Hand & Upper Extremity CSM22 Programming

Here is the CSM22 Programming that will be presented by Hand & Upper Extremity.

Mark your Calendar for Febuary 3-5, 2022 in San Antonio, TX.                                                                                                            

Here is a Quick Glance at our Programming updated 1-14-22

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Jan 16, 2022 – Mar 02, 2022: AHTF Research & Education Grant Applications are Being Accepted

Grant Applications Now Being Accepted!


Burkhalter New Investigator Grant- Funding up to $15,000 (supported generously by the Doris Ann Slack Endowment)

Judy Bell-Krotoski Grab the Evidence Grant - Funding up to $15,000

Tri-Alliance Grant Honoring ASHT Founders - Funding up to $45,000


For further information please go to or contact AHTF Director of Grants April Cowan, OTR, OTD, CHT at [email protected]

Donations to support upper extremity rehabilitation research and education are gratefully accepted at

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Due to the pandemic and a large attendance at the virtual business meeting held in February, 2021, the Board of Directors has decided to make a change to the Academy's Business Meeting.  A virtual meeting will be held midyear (August). This will showcase activities and business of the Academy with a report from each officer and committee/workgroup.  

Make Plans to attend the 


August 17, 2021  8:00pm ET


During CSM there will be a networking event in place of the formal business meeting.  The Board hopes this will provide members with an interactive, resourse sharing, face-to-face activity.  This has routinely been held on Thursday late afternoon to early evening.  

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Mar 09, 2021 – Apr 05, 2021: CSM 2022 Call for Proposals

We are now accepting proposals for Education Sessions at

CSM 2022 in San Antonio, TX from Feb. 2-5

The deadline is April 5, 2021

For more information  CLICK HERE

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Feb 23, 2021: LIVE CSM Session #2

APTA Hand & Upper Extremity's Second LIVE Session 

HA-10075 2021 Regulatory Issues Impacting Hand Therapist

Presented by Marsha Lawrence PT, DPT, CHT will be held on Tuesday February 23, 2021 from 

8:30 - 10:00 pm Eastern. 

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Feb 16, 2021: Business Meeting of APTA Hand & Upper Extremity

The Business (Annual Membership) Meeting will be a virtual meeting held on Tuesday February 16, 2021 starting at

7:30 pm Eastern.  Invitation and meeting link will be sent to each member via email.  This meeting will have a 

State of the Component Address from President Jane Fedorczyk, Tribute to outgoing Officers, Introduction of new

Officers & Committee Chairs, and a request for input on the Goals of APTA Hand & Upper Extremity.  


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Feb 09, 2021: Leadership Town Hall Meeting

APTA Hand & Upper Extremity Virtual Leadership Town Hall Meeting will be on Tuesday, February 9, 2021

from 9:15 - 10:15 pm Eastern time.  This will be a Zoom Meeting (link to be sent and posted at a later date).  This is a

meeting of the Committee / Work Group Chairs, committee members and others.  Topics of discussion will be student and

membership initiatives, partnering with other organizations, and strengthening APTA Hand & Upper Extremity. 

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Feb 02, 2021: LIVE CSM Session #1

APTA Hand & Upper Extremity will host two LIVE sessions at CSM 2021.  The first

HA-10076 The Value of Adding a PT, CHT To Your Private Practice 

lead by Mia Lane Erickson, PT, EdDErich Herkloz, PT, MPT and Karen Nugent, PT will be Tuesday February 2, 2021

from 7:00 - 8:30 pm Eastern.

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Jul 30, 2020 – Aug 25, 2020: Call for Nominations 2020-2021 Election

This Fall the offices of
Vice President 

Nominating Committee
are up for election. 

Click on the position to see the description of the office.

Please consider nominating a fellow member or self-nominate. 

Complete the Nomination Form by August 25, 2020 to be considered for the upcoming election.  

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Jun 23, 2020 – Jul 13, 2020: CSM 2021 Poster & Platform Proposals Due July 13, 2020