Tendon Rehabilitation

Current Evidence for Rehabilitation of the Repaired Tendon

Registration for this course is closed – COURSE FULL.  Please email [email protected] if you would like to be placed on a wait list.


Saturday, November 16, 2019
8:00 am – 3:30 pm


Tufts Medical Center
800 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02111


Tufts Garage offers validated parking at $24  (stamp your ticket at the course).
There are also a few local garages within a block or two.
Tufts is easily accessible from the T via the red, green and orange lines.

Course Cost:



6 continuing education contact hours


April O’Connell, OTR/L, CHT

Target Audience:

Intermediate to advanced level practitioners (OTs, COTAs, PTs, PTAs, and CHTs)

Right Hand Therapy is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education – Provider #11677.  AOTA does not endorse specific course content, products, or clinical procedures.

April O’Connell studied Occupational Therapy at Boston University and trained under former ASSH president, Dr. Dennis Phelps. Ms. O’Connell moved to NYC and joined NYU Langone Orthopedics as a clinical specialist in 2009. She has presented at ASSH, AAHS, and ASHT on a variety of topics including tendon injuries and rehabilitation. Ms. O’Connell has appeared on Dr. Radio speaking on various Hand Therapy topics and is one of the founding members of Pitch Smart and the Golf Lab at NYU. She has several research projects underway including “Relative Motion Orthosis vs. a Dorsal Blocking splint for flexor tendon repairs”.

This course is geared toward the intermediate to advanced level practitioner and will provide exceptional hands-on learning about flexor and extensor tendon rehabilitation. During the morning session the course will cover extensor tendon anatomy and physiology, history and current evidence of extensor tendon repairs and rehabilitation.  In the afternoon session, flexor tendon anatomy and physiology, history and current evidence of flexor tendon repairs and rehabilitation, and emerging evidence in flexor tendon repairs including “Proof-of-Concept” will be discussed.  Understanding the various approaches to tendon repair rehabilitation is complex and challenging – this course aims to present the latest and greatest evidence, including clinical pearls for  splinting, digital nerve involvement, scar management, and cortical re-patterning. Learners will confidently splint and rehabilitate the most challenging of tendon repairs with knowledge of the latest trends in research. This is a course you will not want to miss!

Course Objectives:

Following the course, participants will be able to:

  • Perform a patient-centered evaluation involving review of medial history, patient-rated outcomes and subjective account to systematically lead to diagnostically appropriate plan of care.
  • Describe anatomical and biomechanical principles that form the framework of post-operative extensor and flexor tendon evaluation and treatment.
  • Identify differential diagnoses.
  • Explain how biomechanical dysfunction of the hand can create functional impairment.
  • Identify important indications and contraindications for therapeutic interventions and protocols for post-operative flexor or extensor tendon repair.
  • Demonstrate understanding of evidenced-based special tests.
  • Identify current research and upcoming trends in tendon repair rehabilitation.
  • Select appropriate orthotic devices for flexor and extensor tendon repairs.
  • Learning outcomes will be assessed during hands-on lab sessions via observation and demonstration of skills.

Cancellation Policy

Right Hand Therapy reserves the right to cancel a live workshop with fewer than 8 participants and will return all payments. Participants must also notify Right Hand Therapy regarding cancellation of registration no less than 45 days prior to the live course for a partial refund (less $25.00 for administrative fees.)

Morning Session – Extensor Tendons

7:30 – 8:00am


8:00 – 8:30am

History and current evidence of extensor tendon repairs and rehab

8:30 – 9:30am

Review of extensor tendon anatomy and physiology, tendon zones

9:30 – 11:00am

Evaluation & examination, diagnosis and splinting principles

11:00 – 11:15am

Questions & Answers

11:15 – 12:15pm


Afternoon Session – Flexor Tendons

12:15 – 1:00pm

Review of flexor tendon anatomy & physiology

1:00 – 2:00pm

History and current evidence of flexor tendon repairs and rehab

2:00 – 3:15pm

Emerging evidence for flexor tendon rehab/”Proof-of-Concept”

3:15 – 3:30pm

Questions & answers/Conclusion

Download the Course Brochure: Tendon Course Brochure_2019_Boston MA