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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:
- 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:
- Identify at least two main tendons involved in extension of the hand and their related anatomic tendon zones
- Compare the clinical tests used to identify possible injury to the extensor digitorum communis and extensor pollicis longus tendons
- Design an appropriate rehabilitation strategy for the first 12 weeks after an extensor digitorum communis (zone V - VII) and/or an extensor pollicis longus (zones II - VII) tendon repair
- Discuss three red flags that physiotherapists need to be aware of when treating patients with extensor tendon injuries
Physiotherapist, United Kingdom
This course is a treasure for clinicians in the business of treating patients who love to improve their knowledge and skill and desire evidence-based treatment in their practice irrespective of what specialty in the medical profession you may belong to. This course is well worth your time!
Great course! I learnt valuable information that will change my clinical practice.