Online Course: Central Slip and Mallet Finger Management
Effectively manage extensor tendon injuries of the finger to prevent disfigurement and impaired hand function
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Extensor tendon injuries of the hand are commonly encountered in clinical practice. Injury mechanisms include hyperflexion, direct blunt trauma, and penetrating trauma. A disruption of the extensor mechanism over zone III and detachment of the central slip may result in a boutonniere deformity, characterised by flexion of the proximal interphalangeal joint and hyperextension of the distal interphalangeal joint. The term mallet finger refers to an injury of the terminal extensor mechanism of the hand and leads to a loss of active extension at the distal interphalangeal joint. Treatment for central slip and mallet finger injuries ranges from non-operative management with splinting to surgical repair. Physiotherapists play an important role in the management of these types of injuries to prevent disfigurement and impaired hand function in patients.
The aim of this course is to increase your confidence in diagnosing and managing extensor tendon injuries in zones I - III of the hand, with a specific focus on central slip tendon and mallet finger injuries.
This course is made up of videos, reading, discussions and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:
- Reading activity
This course is aimed at Physiotherapy and Physical Therapy clinicians, students and assistants. Other interested professionals such as athletic trainers, occupational therapists, 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 Physioplus 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:
- Respect the Physioplus Community Culture.
- Log all the required learning activities as complete (represented by the orange icons!).
- Actively and appropriately participate in the course discussions.
- Pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more.
- Complete a course evaluation form.
At the end of this course you will be able to:
- Discuss the clinically relevant anatomy in central slip extensor tendon injuries
- Correctly diagnose central slip and mallet finger injuries
- Describe the clinical presentation of a central slip injury and mallet finger
- Design an appropriate rehabilitation plan for patients with central slip or mallet finger injuries based on case studies
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United Kingdom UK (HCPC)
Physioplus meets the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) CPD standards and all activities completed on Physioplus are accepted by the HCPC and can contribute towards your continued professional development.
United States – States not requiring accreditation
Alabama, Colorado, Connecticut, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Washington
The state board of physical therapy either does not require course pre-approval or does not require CEUs for re-licensure. As a result Physioplus courses should fulfil requirements for professional development - please check with your state board.
Excellent course and the information was presented in a clear and concise manner.
Physiotherapist, United States
These courses are not only helpful for physios but also for other Allied health professionals. I as an Orthotist have learn a lot from it but it definitely needs time to have a good understanding. Although these courses are online but they are equivalent to any full time course if someone really wants to learn something from it.