Boutonnière and Mallet Finger Management with Kate Thorn | Exclusive to Physioplus

Learn how to effectively manage extensor tendon injuries of the finger to prevent disfigurement and impaired hand function with this brand new course created by Kate Thorn exclusive to Physioplus.

Extensor tendon injuries of the hand are commonly encountered in clinical practice and can be tricky to get management right. This is party becayse of the varied injury mechanisms whcih include hyperflexion, direct blunt trauma, and penetrating trauma all have important considerations when treating the injury.

A disruption of the extensor mechanism over zone III and detachment of the central slip may result in a boutonniere deformity, characterised by flexion of the proximal interphalangeal joint and hyperextension of the distal interphalangeal joint. Treatment often includes creation of bespoke spints holding the finger in full PIP extension followed by a period of rehabilitation. In this new course you will learn all about the presentation and treatment of the deformity.

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The term mallet finger refers to an injury of the terminal extensor mechanism of the hand and leads to a loss of active extension at the distal interphalangeal joint. Treatment for central slip and mallet finger injuries ranges from non-operative management with splinting to surgical repair. Physiotherapists play an important role in the management of these types of injuries to prevent disfigurement and impaired hand function in patients. In this course you will learn how to recognise the condition and how touse best practice to rehab your patients.

Courses Created by Expert Kate Thorn

Kate Thorn is a hand therapist who has a track record with creating excellent content for Physioplus which has transform clinical practice for our users. This new extensor injury course joins her flexor tendon injury management and extensor tendon injury management courses which are available now on Physioplus.

Overall the aim of this new course is to increase your confidence in diagnosing and managing extensor tendon injuries in zones I – III of the hand, with a specific focus on central slip tendon and mallet finger injuries.

Unique Learning Outcomes

At Physioplus we ensure all our courses have  learning outcomes which directly impact your clinical practice. This is no different and at the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Discuss the clinically relevant anatomy in central slip extensor tendon injuries
  • Correctly diagnose central slip and mallet finger injuries
  • Describe the clinical presentation of a central slip injury and mallet finger
  • Design an appropriate rehabilitation plan for patients with central slip or mallet finger injuries based on case studies

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