Upper Extremity Tendon Injury Update: Advances in Clinical Management – New!

This intermediate level evidence-based course is designed to enhance the clinician’s understanding of the impact of upper extremity tendon injuries on the wrist and hand. This comprehensive course provides an analytical approach to the rehabilitation of tendon injuries, combined with hands-on orthotic fabrication (splinting) lab sessions. Includes treatment protocols, case-studies and review of current research and literature.

Focus on:

  • Extensor Tendon Anatomy, Biomechanics and Zone-specific Management of Extensor Tendon Injuries
  • Flexor Tendon Anatomy, Biomechanics and Zone-specific Management of Tendon Injuries
  • Tendon behavior following fractures, complex injuries and secondary deformity
  • Therapeutic intervention
  • Hands on Orthotic Fabrication (splinting) Labs

Animation and video-clips of cadaver dissection, surgery, pathomechanics, and treatment enhance the learning experience. Class size is limited to maximize participant to faculty interaction. During hands-on lab sessions, course instructor(s) will evaluate each participant’s techniques/skills learned to determine proficiency for course completion.

Participants are cautioned to apply new information and skills within the scope of state licensure law.

 Course Objectives:

Upon completion of the course, therapist will be able to:

  • identify the anatomy of upper extremity flexor tendons and extensor tendons
  • Identify the mechanism of digital flexion, extension and thumb opposition
  • list and recognize the various methods for management of flexor and extensor tendons using various methods described in the literature & practice
  • identify treatment hierarchy and goals for complex traumatic upper extremity injuries
  • fabricate immobilization and mobilization orthoses (static, dynamic and static progressive) for the wrist and hand
  • utilize clinical reasoning for treatment of various injuries of the hand based on tendon mechanics

CE Credits

14 hours

BOC Level: Advanced

This course is accepted by many professional credentialing organizations and state professional regulatory boards. Rules and regulations change frequently without notification, and apply differently to live and online courses. Please check with your state board to confirm accuracy of this list and acceptance of contact hours. Certificate of Attendance will be issued to all participants upon completion of the course and may be used for CEU verification of credits. CE credits vary by state. Please check with your state board/certifying agency to confirm conversion of contact hours to CE. See links below.


Physical Therapy Board of California: The Physical Therapy Board of California recognizes Rehab Education, LLC as an approval agency to approve providers offering continuing competency courses for CA licensed PTs and PTAs. This course is approved for 14 contact hours.

Maryland State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners: Approved by the Maryland State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 1.4 CEUs. (Course must be taken between 08-5-2018 and 08-5-2022)

NY State Physical Therapy Board: Rehab Education, LLC is recognized as an approved provider of PT and PTA continuing education by the NY State Education Department Board of Physical Therapy. (Course must be taken prior to 05-10-2022)

PA State Board of Physical Therapy: Per PA rules and regulations, Pennsylvania Board of Physical Therapy now recognizes as approved any course certified by FSBPT’s ProCert or approved by another state PT Board, or approved by the APTA and its components which includes the state chapters, regional chapters, and sections.

American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Approved Provider #6177: See states that currently recognize AOTA Approved Providers for OT

  • AOTA Approval States

    These states currently recognize AOTA Approved Providers for OT continuing education either in regulatory language or by formal written communication to AOTA:

    District of Columbia
    New Hampshire
    New Mexico
    New York
    North Carolina
    North Dakota
    Rhode Island
    South Carolina
    South Dakota

    *Disclaimer: Rehab Education LLC provides this list for your convenience. At the time of listing, the following state boards accept courses by virtue of approval by other organizations. It is the responsibility of the participant registering for a course to check with their state board to confirm rules and regulations regarding acceptance of contact hours for live and online courses.

    The following PT Boards accept courses approved by other state PT boards or APTA state associations*:

    North Carolina

    The following PT Boards accept courses approved by other APTA state associations*:

    Rhode Island

    The following PT Boards accept courses provided by AOTA approved providers*:

    District of Columbia
    Rhode Island

    *NBCOT…National Board for Certification of Occupational Therapy (view PDU requirements)

    +HTCC… Hand Therapy Certification Commission  (view recertification requirements)
    Hand Therapy Certification Commission (HTCC): This course is accepted by HTCC towards re-certification.

    State PT Boards
    State OT Boards


Day 1

7:30 : 8:00 Registration and continental breakfast
8:00 – 10:00 Extensor Tendon Anatomy
10:00 – 10:15 Break
10:15 – 12:00 Mechanism of Digital Extension
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch
1:00 – 3:00 Zone Specific Extensor Tendon Injury Management Including protocols, case studies, scar and edema management
3:00 – 3:15 Break
3:15 – 5:00 Anatomy and Biomechanics of the Flexor Tendons

Day 2

7:30 – 8:00 Continental breakfast and sign in
8:00 – 10:00 Zone Specific Flexor Tendon Injury Management including protocols, case studies and scar management techniques
10:00 – 10:15 Break
10:15 – 12:00 Complex Mutilating injuries, Tendon Behavior Following Fractures & Secondary Deformities of the Hand
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch
1:00 – 3:00 Orthotic Fabrication Lab – Hand
a) Dorsal Blocking Orthosis
b) Yoke Orthosis (ICAM)
c) Dynamic Thumb Orthosis
3:00 – 3:15 Break
3:15 – 4:00 Orthotic Fabrication Lab – Hand (Continued)
a) Mallet Finger and Boutonniere Orthoses – variations
b) Dynamic & Static Progressive MCP/PIP flexion Splint


Shrikant J. Chinchalkar OTR, CHT

Shrikant-J-Chinchalkaris a hand therapist with over 40 years of clinical experience in treating upper extremity conditions and over 30 years of teaching experience. He designed and developed Hand Therapy programs at four major teaching centers in Canada. He conducted many instructional courses on upper extremity rehabilitation in over 20 countries in the world and has won many awards for his presentations. He has over 250 presentations to his credit.

He was awarded the “Dr. Paul Brand Award of Excellence” by the American Society of Hand Therapists (ASHT), “Award of Leadership” by the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT), “Award of Excellence” by the Sisters of St. Joseph’s Hospital, “Best Educator” by the  Western University and the “Lifetime Membership Award” by the Canadian Society of Hand Therapists. He authored five book chapters and has published 27 papers and 15 abstracts in numerous peer-reviewed journals related to Upper Extremity Surgery and Therapy.

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