PhD: Lateral Epicondylitis Study

Thuy TranHand Works therapist Thuy (“Twee”) Tran is in the process of applying to commence her Doctor of Philosophy degree in the area of hand therapy. She aims to study part-time, whilst maintaining a clinical caseload in 2014. The research will investigate if education in functional biomechanics is an effective treatment in the outcome of patients with Lateral Epicondylitis. The study aims to explore current assessment and conservative treatment methods, and to investigate the factors associated with the treatment of this condition, and their role in the return to work program of injured workers.

Thuy will work closely with her clinical supervisor, Alex Retallick, and with her research supervisors from Curtin University, Professor Torbjorn Falkmer and Associate Professor Marina Ciccarelli.

The study will require support from GPs, occupational physicians, hand specialists, case managers and other health colleagues in the coming years. If you have an interest in, or feedback about, this topic please feel free to email Thuy at: info@handworks.net.au