Online Course
Upper Limb Trauma Programme
Confidently manage your patient's recovery after injuries to their arm or hand

10-12 hours





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Kate Thorn
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Upper limb trauma is one of the most commonly seen injuries in emergency departments, up to 20-40% of all injuries. Most upper limb injuries are seen in the wrist and forearm. Injuries can result from different causes including bicycle, vehicle and motorcycle accidents, falls from heights, sport-related, work, electrical, altercations, explosions, and conflict-related. It is rare that upper extremity injuries are life-threatening, but poor management can lead to severe dysfunction.

Physiotherapists require a good understanding of the anatomy of the hand and also the evidence base supporting appropriate rehabilitation following surgery in order to provide optimum management for patients following upper limb injuries. Additionally knowledge of relevant anatomy and an understanding of the physiopathology of extensor tendons are essential in the rehabilitation of these types of injuries.


This programme will improve your knowledge of upper limb anatomy and the latest evidence-based rehabilitation approaches that can be applied following upper limb trauma/injury


This programme will cover the following topics:

  1. Flexor Tendon Injury Management
  2. Extensor Tendon Injury Management
  3. Central Slip and Mallet Finger

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.


Availability - this course is online and can be completed on your own schedule.

Hours of Learning - No deadlines are applied to this programme and it can be started and completed in your own time according to your personal schedule. We expect the required elements to take around 10-12 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 - Watching videos, reading, a final quiz and participating in an international discussion forum.

Certificates - At the end of the programme, when you have completed all of the required elements, you will be able to download a certificate of completion and 10.2 Plus points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.

Requirements to complete this course

In order to complete this programme of courses and receive a course completion certificate plus CEUs/CCUs/CPD points you will need to:

  1. Respect the Plus Community Culture.
  2. Log all the required learning activities as complete (represented by the orange icons!).
  3. Actively and appropriately participate in the course discussions.
  4. Complete each of the required courses
  5. Submit a written assignment that meets that passes the assessment criteria.
  6. Complete a course evaluation form.

Instructor financial and non-financial disclosures

No relevant relationships disclosed by instructor.


For special needs or accommodations please contact us with details of how we can meet your needs.