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13th Congress of the International Federation of Societies for Surgery of the Hand
10th Congress of the International Federation of Societies of Hand Therapy
Jenny Turner was fortunate to attend the International Conference for Hand Surgeons and Hand Therapists with assistance from the Merivale Hand Clinic. The meeting was held in the beautiful city of Buenos Aries, Argentina and was an inspiring and educational mix of news and trends in research and clinical work in the areas of hand rehabilitation.
The conference not only allows those attending to follow new trends and research but is a wonderful place to connect and discuss new ideas with other surgeons and hand therapists from 49 countries across the world. New Zealand was well represented with a hand surgeonfrom Christchurch and 7 hand therapists (3 of whom were presenting research projects).
The conference covered a range of subjects relating to all aspects of the hand and upper limb. Of particular interest was a discussion on the musician’s hand. This discussed how prevalent injuries are among musicians and how little the medical community understood their needs. Some of our therapists will be furthering their knowledge on this subject in May 2017 with a conference being held in Wellington.
An excellent session on pain management helped delegates view how pain is managed within the hand therapy community. One of the presenters deliveredan excellent overview on how a pain programme works in very low socio-economic area in Philadelphia. This discussed the need for a team approach and a co-ordinated care package. Patients were given one set of goals and a plan on how to manage their condition. The programme took place over a 12 week period, during which time the patients were given a tool kit to self manage their pain.
There was also an excellent discussion on joint problems, especially on thumb management. The key message was that although splinting for the thumb is very helpful, it is splinting combined with strengthening that is the most effective way to manage thumb pain.
Jenny also attended 2 workshops that took an in depth look at the specific topics of joint management and ergonomics in the work place.
The conference highlighted how up to date New Zealand therapists are managing hand, wrist and forearm conditionsandincorporating new trends and current research into their daily practice, especially managing joint pathologies and the difficult area of complex pain problems.