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Facial Injuries

Online Course: Facial Injuries

Become confident managing patients after maxillofacial trauma

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Course instructor:

Wendy Walker

Wendy is a neurological physiotherapist, specialising in Facial Palsy, Peripheral Nerve Injuries and Neurology and Complex Conditions.

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Trauma to the face and head can be caused by a number of events, from explosions to road traffic accidents and blunt force trauma. The impact of these events can be significant, causing bony and / or soft tissue injury, as well as nerve damage. These injuries can affect vision, speaking, non-verbal communication, hearing, sense of smell, and eating and drinking. Many patients who experience a facial injury will be managed surgically and then require post-operative rehabilitation. Physiotherapists play a significant role in the post-operative phase, using manual techniques and exercise therapy to help clients restore function in their face.


The aim of this course is to introduce common types of facial injuries and to highlight the role of physiotherapists during the post-operative phase and common physiotherapy interventions that are used to restore facial function.


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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