Archives for 2014

Strategies to combat wrist pain for new mums

By adopting some simple strategies early, symptoms can be reduced for new mothers who experience wrist pain after the birth of their baby. DeQuervains Tenosynovitis is a common hand condition that causes pain at the base of the thumb and into the wrist. It can be classified as a repetitive strain injury due to increased repetition in lifting and prolonged awkward [Read more…]

Digital Nerve Study

Post-operative splinting of isolated digital nerve repairs is a contentious issue. Although suture repair techniques have advanced significantly in the past several decades, orthosis design and the use of a restricted mobilisation protocol have remained fairly consistent. Hand Works OT in conjunction with Curtin University Honours students are involved with a proposed case-control study that [Read more…]

Gale-Force Rehab!

On the 1st August 2014 Kevin Gale was rushed to RPH via helicopter and had a mid-forearm subtotal replant to his right arm in a 9 hour surgery following an incident involving a ‘superaxe’ machinery at his self-employed workplace in Kojanup. The   involved structures in his injury include: ORIF to the distal radius and ulna, [Read more…]

WA Occupational Therapy OT Breakfast 2014

The Western Australia Occupational Therapy Association held this year’s OT Breakfast in the Astral Rooms at Crown Burswood on the 31st of October. The event was well attended by occupational therapists from different specialised fields across WA. The breakfast kicked off with a speech from the Association’s President, followed by a guest speaker and presentations [Read more…]

Hand Works New referral

Hand Works In-house Professional Development Event

On the 3rd of October, Karen Marthins, Senior Occupational Therapist ran a workshop on the use of the InterX with Hand Works staff. Karen has used the InterX in hand therapy for over 7 years, attended numerous workshops at an advanced level and presented on the device at a Brisbane AHTA Conference. The focus for [Read more…]

American Society of Hand Therapists (ASHT) 2014 Conference in Boston, USA

Alex Retallick recently attended the American Society of Hand Therapists (ASHT) conference in Boston USA in September.  Some of the findings. Wide Awake Tendon Repair: This has become a more widely preferred technique with surgeons.  Research has suggested that the most frequent causes of flexor tendon rupture after surgery are pulley friction, and suture gapping [Read more…]

AHTA Advanced Trauma Course

Thuy, Sath and Lani recently attended the AHTA Advanced Trauma Course, from the 5th-7th September, held in Perth. Ben Cunningham and Barbara Hall were fantastic facilitators, and all participants benefited from their breadth of experience. Attendees travelled from all over Australia, and were from a wide variety of practice settings – tertiary hospitals, private clinics, [Read more…]

Update and Summary on Phd Study

Thuy (“Twee”) Tran, Hand Works research co-ordinator has recently received official candidacy approval from Curtin University for her postgraduate PhD study proposal titled: “The impact of workplace-based hand therapy intervention on the return to work outcomes of injured workers with Lateral Epicondylalgia” . Thuy has liaised with and presented to numerous medical practitioners and hand therapists over the [Read more…]

OT Week 2014

Hand Works team would like to announce OT Week will be staged from Sunday the 19th of October through to Saturday the 25th of October. The theme this year is Reach your pOTential. This national initiative seeks to promote the important role of Occupational Therapy and to help increase understanding of occupational therapy among the [Read more…]