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Precourse 04: Prescribing Hand Therapy After Tendon Repair: Considering Anatomy, Surgery and the Patient

​Wednesday, October 2, 2013

12:30 – 4:30 PM

Moscone West 3014

Co-Chairs: Christine B. Novak, PT, PhD; Rebecca L. von der Heyde, PhD, OTR/L, CHT

Precourse Fees:

ASSH Member - $195
ASSH Senior Member - $145
Non-Member Surgeon - $225
Allied Health - $125
Resident/Fellow - $75

Includes printed & electronic syllabus.


Following flexor and extensor tendon repair, a number of different rehabilitation approaches have been proposed, and selection depends on consideration of the anatomy, biology of tendon healing, biomechanics, repair and patient factors.  This course will help to formulate an approach to answer the question “Why is one tendon rehabilitation protocol different from another, and how do I choose?”  Through anatomic dissection, didactic presentations and case discussion, this course will examine the rationale for clinical decision-making and selection of the rehabilitation approach following flexor and extensor tendon repair.  Based on a collaborative relationship between the patient, surgeon and hand therapist, evidence to support clinical decision-making to maximize outcome will also be presented.

Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of the program, participants will be able to:
  • Understand the anatomical and biomechanical considerations for rehabilitation following tendon injury and repair.
  • Describe the benefits of early motion on tendon healing.
  • Recognize the biomedical and psychosocial factors contributing to clinical decision making following complex trauma.
Audience Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): tendon, rehabilitation, post-operative management, clinical decision making
Category: Tendon
CME: The ASSH designates this live activity for a maximum of 3.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
The ASSH is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


Peter C. Amadio, MD
Mark E. Baratz, MD
Roslyn B. Evans, OTR/L, CHT
Lynn M. Festa, OTR, CHT
Steven J. McCabe, MD
Susan Michlovitz, PT, PhD, CHT
Steven L. Moran, MD
Michael W. Neumeister, MD
Karen M. Pettengill, MS, OTR/L, CHT
Terri L. Wolfe, OTR/L, CHT


​12:30 ​Welcome ​Christine B. Novak, PT, PhD &
Rebecca L. von der Heyde, PhD, OTR/L, CHT
​12:35 ​Cadaver Dissection: Flexor and Extensor Tendon Anatomy ​Mark E. Baratz, MD
​1:05 ​Flexor and Extensor Tendon Injuries: Surgical Decision-Making ​Steven L. Moran, MD
​1:20 ​Panel: Principles of Flexor & Extensor Tendon Rehabilitation ​Moderator: Susan Michlovitz, PT, PhD, CHT
Panel: Rebecca L. von der Heyde, PhD, OTR/L, CHT,
Roslyn B. Evans OTR/L, CHT,
Peter M. Murray, MD
2:15 - 2:30 - Break
2:30 ​Splinting Videos: Synergistic and ICAM ​Rebecca L. von der Heyde, PhD, OTR/L, CHT
2:50 ​Complications After Tendon Repair ​Steven J. McCabe, MD
3:05 ​Measuring Outcomes ​Christine B. Novak, PT, PhD
3:20 ​Tissue Engineering & Tendon – Where are We Now? ​Peter C. Amadio, MD
3:35 ​Panel: Complex Case Studies and Advanced Clinical Reasoning ​Moderator: Michael W. Neumeister, MD
Panel: Roslyn B. Evans OTR/L, CHT,
Susan Michlovitz PT, PhD, CHT,
Terri L. Wolfe, OTR/L, CHT,
Lynn Festa, OTR, CHT
4:15 ​Discussion/Questions ​Christine B. Novak, PT, PhD &
Rebecca L. von der Heyde, PhD, OTR/L, CHT

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