Table 3

Provisional inclusion and exclusion criteria

InclusionExclusion
Papers from 1960 to date (birth of early active mobilisation(EAM))Studies without surgical technique
The literature on zone II–V of human hand flexor tendon injury inclusive of nerve and other additional injuriesBiomechanical studies only
Studies conducted with adults (18 years and above)Cases which have undergone tenolysis
Studies conducted in African countriesStudies only reporting surgical technique or approaches
Studies reporting outcomes of aspects of body function and structure and activity and participationAnimal studies
Studies with a flexor tendon rehabilitation protocol
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