Cynthia Cooper

Cynthia Cooper, MFA, MA, OTR/L, CHT

Cynthia Cooper, MFA, MA, OTR/L, CHT

Cynthia Cooper is a pre-eminent hand therapist with over 30 years of clinical experience. She is recognized nationally and internationally for her presentations at professional conferences, publications in peer-reviewed journals, and chapters published in textbooks for hand therapy, occupational therapy, and physical therapy. Her presentation topics include Patient-Centered Hand Therapy, Hand Therapy Basics, Preventing Hand Injuries, Sprains and Strains, Arthritis, and Hand Therapy for Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy.
A charter member of the American Society of Hand Therapists (ASHT), Ms. Cooper has won the Best Scientific Paper and the Best Poster Awards at ASHT annual meetings. She was the Chairperson of the Hand Therapy Special Interest Subsection of the Physical Disabilities Special Interest Group of AOTA. Cynthia is the recipient of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Service Award and the Arizona Occupational Therapy Association (Arizota) Dennis Krenek Volunteer Service Award. In addition to her clinical practice and research, she was Adjunct Faculty in the Occupational Therapy Department at A.T. Still University in Mesa, AZ. from 2011 to 2016 where she taught the adult portion of Occupational Analysis III, Occupational Therapy Ethics and Professionalism, and she co-taught Occupational Therapy Management. She also mentored occupational therapy student who were particularly interested in hand therapy. She was a Clinical Instructor in the Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy Department of the University of Southern California. Upon leaving that position she was given honorary faculty status.
Ms. Cooper is the editor of Fundamentals of Hand Therapy: Clinical Reasoning and Treatment Guidelines for Common Diagnoses of the Upper Extremity, one of the most popular hand therapy textbooks used for academic programs, clinical training and reference, and preparation by clinicians for the CHT examination. It is a bestseller in its category, has both domestic and international distribution, and is now in its second edition.

Fundamentals of Hand Therapy: Clinical Reasoning and Treatment Guidelines for Common Diagnoses of the Upper Extremity

Perfect for hand therapy specialists, hand therapy students, and any other professional who encounters clients with upper extremity issues, Fundamentals of Hand Therapy, 2nd Edition contains everything you need to make sound therapy decisions. Coverage includes hand anatomy, the evaluation process, and diagnosis-specific information. Expert tips, treatment guidelines, and case studies round out this comprehensive text designed to help you think critically about each client’s individual needs.
  • Clinical Pearls and Precautions highlight relevant information learned by the experienced author and contributors that you can apply to clinical practice.
  • Case examples included in the diagnoses chapters in Part Three demonstrate the use of clinical reasoning and a humanistic approach in treating the client.
  • Diagnosis-specific information in the final section of the book is well-organized to give you quick access to the information you need.
  • Special features sections such as Questions to Discuss with the PhysicianWhat to Say to ClientsTips from the Field, and more help readers find their own clinical voices.
  • Online sample exercises give you a pool to pull from during professional practice.
  • NEW! Chapters on yoga and pilates provide guidance into new ways to treat upper extremity problems.
  • NEW! Chapter on wound care gives you a thorough foundation on how wounds impact therapeutic outcomes.
  • NEW! Chapter on orthotics has been added to cover basic splinting patterns.
  • NEW! Online resources help assess your understanding and retention of the material.
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