News and Updates

Festive Season Injuries!

December 6, 2017
The festive season is a time to take a break, spend time with family and friends and to enjoy the outdoors. However, the season proved not so merry for thousands of Kiwis who hurt themselves over the 2016/2017 holiday period, with ACC paying out over $7 million in injury claims. These claims were for accidents that happened on just six dangerous days over the holiday period - Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day, New Year's Eve, New Year's Day and...

Hand Injuries in Volleyball

November 22, 2017
Over the past few years, I have been fortunate to travel overseas as the physiotherapist for Volleyball New Zealand. One of the perks of my role is that I get to travel with various teams to domestic and international tours and competitions. This year I travelled with the NZ Junior Men’s squad (U18) to Fort Lauderdale in Florida to attend the USA Junior High Performance Indoor Championships. This tournament involved 200 teams and the best young athletes from around the...

REHABILITATION OF DISTAL RADIUS FRACTURES IN THE OLDER PERSON

October 22, 2017
Fractures of the wrist are a common injury especially fractures of the distal end of the radius. The radius is the larger of the two bones in the forearm and is the most commonly broken bone in the arm. The paediatric and elderly populations are at the greatest risk for this injury, with distal radius fractures accounting for around 25% of fractures in the paediatric population and up to 18% of all fractures in the elderly age group. With the growth...
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BUDDY STRAPPING SOLUTIONS

September 20, 2017
Following finger ligament sprains or stable finger fractures it is common practice to buddy strap the injured finger to its uninjured neighbour. In this way, the healthy digit acts as a splint keeping the damaged one in a natural position for healing and encouraging normal movement patterns. Often this technique is used on return to sport, to protect the finger from further injury. It is important to note that fingers should only be buddy strapped on the advice of a medical...

Silicone Gel Sheeting for Treatment of Scars

June 23, 2017
Silicone gel sheeting (SGS) has been used in scar therapy for over 30 years, during which its efficacy has been the subject of numerous clinical evaluations. While the exact mechanisms by which SGS improves scar healing are yet to be fully agreed upon, its ability to do so remains largely undisputed. As such, topical silicone gel treatments seem to remain the first point of clinical recommendation in scar management. Carpal tunnel scar The formation of scar tissue is generally characterised by...
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Ruptured Flexor Tendon

June 1, 2017
Ruptured Flexor Tendon The flexor digitorum profundus (FDP) is a muscle that has 4 tendons with one tendon attaching to the end of each finger on the palm side of the hand. A ruptured FDP tendon results in a person being unable to actively bend the end of their finger. This injury can occur when a player grabs another player's jersey with the tips of one or more fingers while that player is pulling or running away. The force of this...
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Mallet Finger

June 1, 2017
Ruptured Extensor Tendon A mallet finger injury is suspected when the end of the finger is bent and cannot straighten actively. This injury can happen to anyone when an unyielding object (like a ball) strikes the tip of a finger or thumb and forces it to bend further than it is intended to go. This causes an injury to the tendon that straightens the end of the finger. Less often, the cause is a fracture at the bottom of the...
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New Specialist Clinic at Pegasus

April 10, 2017
New North Canterbury Hand Assessment Service Mr Ram Chandru (Orthopaedic Hand and Upper Limb Surgeon) in conjunction with the Merivale and Kaiapoi Hand Clinics is excited to announce a new combined hand assessment service for people living in the North Canterbury region. The new service located within the Pegasus Medical Centre in the Pegasus Township is held fortnightly on a Tuesday morning and allows GP’s to directly refer patients to Mr Chandru for an assessment and diagnosis of any hand, wrist...
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Avenue Health & Mr Kirk Williams

February 9, 2017
In our last clinic newsletter we announced that Mr Barnaby Nye (plastic surgeon) had moved into his new purpose built consulting rooms at Avenue Health located at 202 Bealey Avenue. We have had a close working relationship with Barnaby over many years and are pleased to announce that we have extended this working relationship by offering clinics with his colleague at Avenue Health, Mr Kirk Williams (plastic surgeon). Kirk will conduct monthly clinics, run in conjunction with the Merivale Hand...
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Mountain Biking and Injuries

February 9, 2017
Mountain biking is a popular recreational and competitive sport, appealing to a wide age group . Christchurch has an excellent array of tracks for all age groups and abilities including the flat and fast tracks of Bottle Lake forest and McLean’s Island, to the single track network and downhill runs in the Port Hills. In late 2016, a purpose built adventure park opened in the Port Hills and has proven to be very popular. As the sport gains popularity, an...
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