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Hand Therapy

WHAT IS HAND THERAPY?

July 1, 2019
Hand therapy is the assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of hand and upper limb injuries. Hand therapy evolved from the need for clinicians with the skills, knowledge and experience to manage the challenging recovery of complex hand and upper extremity injuries. In New Zealand, hand therapists achieve a physiotherapy or occupational therapy degree prior to undertaking post graduate study in the hand and upper limb. A hand therapist will have undertaken a four year degree, a minimum of one year post graduate...

INJURY JARGON AND WHAT IT MEANS

May 10, 2019
Many words in the English language are a part of common, everyday speech. On the other hand, injury jargon is often used by medical providers, sometimes without patients really understanding what words really mean. Below are some common terms used when discussing injury and what they mean, in plain English. TENDON A tendon is an cord of strong fibres located at each end of a muscle that attaches a muscle to bone. LIGAMENT A ligament is a fibrous connective tissue...
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DIABETES AND TRIGGER FINGER

March 12, 2019
Diabetes is a chronic disease that occurs when the pancreas is no longer able to make insulin, or when the body cannot make good use of the insulin it produces. Not being able to produce insulin or use it effectively, leads to raised glucose levels in the blood (known as hyperglycaemia). Over the long-term high glucose levels are associated with damage to the body and failure of various organs and tissues. There are over 240,000 people in New Zealand who have...
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HOW TO REDUCE THE RISK OF WRIST INJURY WHEN TRAINING.

Regular exercise has many health benefits but when the body is put under load (e.g. by lifting weights, yoga poses or Pilates exercises) there is a risk of injury. The following are ideas for reducing stress on the wrist while still staying active: Warm Up Always warm up before working out to ensure the muscles and tendons are warm and ready to work. Warming up and stretching becomes even more important with age, as the tissues (muscle, tendons and ligaments) become...
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CAN I WORK OUT WITH TENDONITIS?

January 10, 2019
The beginning of a new year and the resolutions people make to improve their health and fitness often sees an increase and surge in gym memberships. The sudden increase in physical activity experienced by the body and in particular the wrist and elbow region can in some instances lead to the development of tendon pain. Understanding and managing tendon pain is important to ensure your new year resolution to improve your health and fitness doesn’t end within the first few weeks...

EXTENSOR CARPI ULNARIS TENOSYNOVITIS PILOT STUDY

October 19, 2018
A pilot study undertaken by the Merivale Hand Clinic in conjunction with Ram Chandru (Orthopaedic Hand and Wrist Surgeon) The extensor carpi ulnaris (ECU) muscle plays an important role in wrist movement and also provides stability to the outer side of the wrist. ECU tendonitis is the result of inflammation of the ECU tendon. This condition is most common in non-athletes, however ECU injuries frequently occur in tennis, golf and the rugby codes. Raphael Nadal is probably the best known...

Hand Therapist - Christchurch

October 10, 2018
The Merivale Hand Clinic in Christchurch provides expertise in the assessment, treatment and leading edge rehabilitation of hand, wrist and forearm conditions. The clinic is recognised as a leader in the field of hand therapy and operates from sites throughout Christchurch and North Canterbury. Visit our website at www.merivalehandclinic.co.nz for more information. The clinic currently operates four fulltime clinics and works at accident and emergency fracture clinics within the city. The successful candidate will work 35-40 hours as a hand...
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Recovery Milestones for Carpal Tunnel Release Surgery

March 26, 2018
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common nerve compression condition estimated to affect between 3 – 6% of the population. It may be up to three times more common in woman than men with the highest prevalence of this condition seen in the 45 – 55 year old age group. Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by pressure on the median nerve as it passes through a narrow tunnel in the wrist. When the median nerve has pressure placed on it, patients may...

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...

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...
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