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Current Concepts in Zone 2 Complex Flexor Tendon Injuries

presented by Jennifer T. Dodson, OTR/L, CHT

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Financial: Jennifer Dodson receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.

Non-Financial: Jennifer Dodson has no competing non-financial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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This course will review considerations a therapist must address during evaluation and treatment of complex zone 2 injuries. To begin the course, a review of the evolution of flexor tendon rehabilitation and current evidence will be presented. Following this, pertinent questions a therapist must ask the surgeon will be reviewed to allow the therapist to develop an individualized treatment plan based on surgical procedures and client factors. The intricate anatomy of zone 2 will be reviewed, and implications for rehabilitation with complex injuries in this zone will be highlighted. Lastly, special considerations on emerging areas of practice will be discussed that can assist the therapist in developing a more client-centered treatment plan. In the literature, various terms are used to describe complex traumatic injuries. Due to this variability, the injuries in this course will address those that are a result of trauma that involves damage to two or more of the following structures: soft tissue (skin/fascia), bone, muscle, tendon, ligament, blood vessels, and peripheral nerve injuries.

Meet Your Instructor

Jennifer T. Dodson, OTR/L, CHT

Jennifer graduated from the Florida International University occupational therapy program in 1998. She has been practicing outpatient rehabilitation in Jacksonville, Florida, ever since. In 2002, she was honored to be chosen as a fellow for the Evelyn Mackin Hand Therapy Fellowship at the Philadelphia Hand Center. She became a certified hand therapist in 2004. Part…

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1. Evolution of Flexor Tendon Rehabilitation and Fundamental Concepts

Current rehabilitation protocols have evolved as surgical advances have been made. Fundamental concepts will be introduced that allow the therapist to understand what influences tendon rehabilitation.

2. Therapist Considerations When Establishing a Treatment Plan

After obtaining surgical information, therapists must make decisions based on client factors and current evidence. These considerations will be introduced to assist therapists in establishing safe and effective treatment plans.

3. Determining Progression of Therapy Program

Current evidence will be presented that will help therapists to progress clients throughout the rehabilitation process. Prevention of secondary complications that can delay clients’ return to occupational performance will be discussed.

4. Special Considerations to Increase Adherence to Therapy Program

Health literacy and adherence will be introduced and explored as it relates to treating clients with complex injuries. These emerging topics and their impact on therapeutic outcomes will be discussed.

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