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Applying Controlled Stress During Flexor Tendon Rehabilitation of the Hand and Wrist

presented by Kristin Valdes, OTD, OT, CHT

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This course will be retired and no longer available. Please complete the course by December 31, 2023 to receive credit or look for Therapist Considerations in Flexor Tendon Management, available in the course catalogue.

What are the effects of different hand motions and positions used during early-protected motion rehabilitation on tendon forces? Though these are usually not well understood by rehabilitation professionals, this course will provide the current evidence regarding tendon rehabilitation and flexor tendon forces generated during different rehabilitation exercises to maximize the result and limit the risk of tendon rupture. From clinical applications and guidelines for treatment to application to ADL impairment, Dr. Kristin Valdes guides the participant through the rehabilitation process using controlled stress. Join Dr. Valdes as she explains the nuances of applying controlled stress through illustrative graphics, dynamic demonstrations, and thorough course materials.

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Kristin Valdes, OTD, OT, CHT

Kristin Valdes was previously the owner of Hand Works Therapy in Sarasota, Florida, and was in private practice for more than 30 years. Currently, she is a full professor at Touro University in Henderson, Nevada. Her clinical expertise includes treatment of the hand, wrist, elbow, and shoulder; splinting; and arthritis. Dr. Valdes has published articles…

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1. Clinical Application of Controlled Stress to Healing Tendons

It has been reported that 4%–18% of repaired flexor tendons rupture. Excessive stress and high force during finger motion may cause gap formation and eventually rupture of the repair. Dr. Valdes explains how rehabilitation exercises should ideally apply enough force on the tendon to induce excursion without causing gap formation.

2. Clinical Guidelines for Treatment Following Flexor Tendon Repair

Designing effective rehabilitation protocols requires understanding actual forces generated in the flexor tendons during various commonly used rehabilitation maneuvers with different wrist positions. With this information, your protocols will allow maximal tendon gliding without causing rupture of the repair.

3. ADL Impairment

Dr. Valdes then reports the research exploring ways to adequately address issues of ADL impairment during flexor tendon rehabilitation. Helping patients who have undergone flexor tendon repair adapt to a change in ADL function is an important part of hand therapy practice and this chapter will address ways to approach and measure ADL function during rehabilitation.

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