Upcoming pilot trial – April 2016

Thuy (“Twee”) Tran, Hand Works Research Coordinator and PhD candidate, is currently collating a standardised evidence-based assessment and treatment protocol for injured workers with Lateral Epicondylalgia. She is working closely with her colleagues and professors from Curtin University, to develop a pilot trial which aims to commence in April 2016.

The aim of the study is to determine the impact of adding a workplace-based education session on the patient’s pain, grip strength and function. It also aims to determine whether having hand therapists provide these specific personalized work recommendations would impact on the patient’s durable return to work and associated costs and time involved.

If you would like your patients to be involved in the study, here are the inclusion criteria:

  • Male or female
  • Aged 18 to 65 years of age
  • Clinically diagnosed with LE characterised by unilateral elbow pain reproduced by provocative testing
  • Submitted a claim for worker’s compensation related to LE
  • Can be acute or chronic symptoms
  • Imaging confirms diagnosis (e.g. ultrasound, MRI)
  • No Corticosteroid, Autogolous blood and platelet rich plasma injections within the past 6 months.

Patients will be randomly allocated into group “A” or “B”.  Group A patients will receive the usual clinic-based care that is currently provided to all patients with LE. Group B patients will receive an additional worksite visit (on top of having clinic-based treatment) within the first four weeks of the initial appointment.

If you would like to know more about the study, please contact Thuy (“Twee”) Tran at thuy.tran@handworks.net.au or by calling 1300 887 798.