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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...

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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Reducing the Incidence of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome in Distal Radius Fractures

January 6, 2017
Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a common complication of distal radius fractures (DRF), reported in studies as occurring in up to 25% of cases. It has the potential to turn a usually straight forward injury into a chronic, painful and debilitating condition. Ongoing symptoms and a lengthy rehabilitation period often result in high medical costs. In a recently published a study (2016) one hospital department showed how they reduced their incidence of CRPS post distal radius fracture from 25%...
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Wrist Fractures in the Older Person

July 5, 2016
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 in fact the most commonly broken bone in the arm. Once women reach middle age they are increasingly more likely to break their wrists than men. The rate of fractures climbs dramatically as women age. (See Figure 1) Three times as many women in their 50’s suffer serious, complex wrist...
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Why Do a Child's Bones Heal Faster Than an Adults?

July 5, 2016
In any human bone, there are two competing cycles: breakdown and regeneration. Specialised cells called osteoclasts absorb worn-out bone cells, removing them constantly from the bone. Simultaneously, other cells called osteoblasts take calcium from the blood and redistribute it upon the bone. This process occurs throughout life. Until about the age of 20, bones are focused primarily on one thing - growing. Even after maximum height is achieved, bones continue laying down new bone cells in an effort to get...
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Scarring

July 5, 2016
Scarring is a natural part of the healing process, but the amount of scar tissue that develops is dependent on the severity and location of the injury. Some individuals are genetically predisposed to laying down thicker scar tissue. Thick, raised scars (called hypertrophic or keloid scars) can restrict movement and appear unsightly. Other problems created by scarring include: pain, hypersensitivity and adhesions (when the scar tethers to the underlying soft tissue structures deep to the wound reducing normal range of...
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