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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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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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Osteoarthritis

July 5, 2016
Physical activity maintains the structural and functional integrity of the joint tissues. Without physical activity of sufficient intensity, duration, frequency and variety, joints weaken and stiffen, and hand function deteriorates. In the well-functioning joint, the loading and unloading of joint tissues through movement stimulates an on-going process of tissue breakdown and repair that maintains or enhances tissue integrity and joint function. Excessive force is absorbed and the joint is protected from damage by the articular cartilage and other soft tissues....
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Smoking Does What?

July 5, 2016
Everyone knows that tobacco use can have disastrous consequences on your health. More than 4,000 chemical substances are present in cigarette smoke, including at least 50 that can cause cancer. An estimated 85% of cases of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and of lung cancer are caused by smoking. About a third of all cancer cases are due to smoking. But did you know that smoking delays healing and even affects grip strength? Nicotine is a vasoconstrictor (narrows the blood...
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