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Extensor Tendon Injury Management

Online Course: Extensor Tendon Injury Management

Effectively manage extensor tendon rehabilitation following surgery

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Kate Thorn

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1-1.5 hours

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Extensor tendon injuries to the hand and forearm are frequently seen in clinical practice and its superficial location makes these tendons extremely susceptible to lacerations or other open injuries. The extensor mechanism of the wrist and hand is a complex system and integrity of these structures key for optimal hand function. Knowledge of relevant anatomy and an understanding of the physiopathology of extensor tendons are essential in the rehabilitation of these types of injuries. The postoperative management of extensor tendon repair is key to a successful outcome for the patient and various rehabilitation approaches are available to physiotherapists and hand therapists.


The aim of this course is to review the latest evidence based rehabilitation approaches that physiotherapists can apply following extensor tendon repairs with a specific focus on post-surgical extensor digitorum communis (EDC) lacerations in zones V to VII and extensor pollicis longus (EPL) lacerations in zones II to VIII.


This course is made up of videos, reading, discussions and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:

  1. Video
  2. Reading activity
  3. Quiz

Target audience

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.

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