The E-Hand Therapy software is an essential clinical tool for Hand Therapists who routinely provide home exercises and information advice for their clients.
Cynthia created a hand therapy home exercise program (EHandTherapy) for the Physiotec company (Physiotec) which is a company that provides a web-based home exercise program for rehabilitation departments. In this module for hand therapy home programs, she also created a home program for people with chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN). Rehabilitation departments can subscribe to EHandTherapy and receive access to over 7,000 exercises for physical therapy and occupational therapy home programs that are part of the Physiotec content as well as the hand therapy resources. Short video clip demonstrations of all exercises are included along with photographs and written instructions. Patients can access their home programs from their phones or IPads or computers, and their feedback has been excellent.
Cynthia Cooper’s Areas of Expertise Includes:
Chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN)
Physical Agent Modalities
Biomechanical Training and Ergonomics for Symptom Management
Activities of Daily Living
Home Exercise Programs
Cynthia presented on the topic of CIPN at the Occupational Therapy Association Spring Conference in 2016. She presented at a symposium at ACRM on occupational therapy education in cancer rehabilitation and at another symposium at ACRM on CIPN in Chicago, IL, in 2016. She provided an educational lecture on CIPN to the rehabilitation service at City of Hope in Duarte, CA, in 2016. She was an active member of the cancer rehabilitation education networking group of ACRM in 2016.
Cynthia was selected to receive an endowment from the American Association for Hand Surgery (AAHS). This helped cover some costs of a volunteer trip to Ghana in February, 2017, where she provided hand therapy and trained therapists at a teaching hospital in Kumasi, Ghana for two weeks. The trip was coordinated by the organization Health Volunteers Overseas. She has sponsored a therapist there so he can become a member of the International Federation of Societies for Hand Therapy.
Cynthia went to La Paz, Bolivia, where she performed hand therapy volunteer work and trained Bolivian therapists in 2015. For that trip she received an endowment from the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH). That trip was coordinated by the organization ReSurge.