Esther recently attended the Fundamentals of Hand Therapy course by the Australian Hand Therapy Association. The 2.5 days course offers a comprehensive basis of upper limb anatomy, biomechanics, tissue injury and repair. This course consolidates and builds on my current knowledge of the complexity of hand and upper limb, shapes my practice and clinical reasoning skills to accurately asses and treat more complex clinical scenarios.
Alex attended the Shoulder & Elbow Physiotherapists Australia 2015 Seminar: Shoulder & Elbow: Evidence, Research & Experience in early November. Speakers included Sarah Warby, Karen Ginn and Tania Pizzari with topics covering multi directional shoulder instability, modifying common rehabilitation exercises and shoulder diagnosis. Alex is eager to continue to build her knowledge around shoulder management in the future, which she feels will increase her continuity of care with patients.
Libby recently attended the Sarah Mee Wrist Workshop in Sydney. The 2 day course covered wrist conditions including TFCC tears, distal radius fractures, scapholunate ligament tears and ECU tendonitis and their management. The importance of proprioceptive retraining was heavily emphasised and Libby looks forward to incorporating this further into her management of wrist conditions.
25th November 2015
He, Dr Sandow and Dr Bain discussed their Theoretical Concepts on the wrist which has implications for wrist surgery and rehabilitation. We learnt about advanced Proprioceptive wrist rehabilitation techniques which we use to improve patients outcomes following wrist injury.
16th to 18th October 2015
Suzanne attended the National AHTA Conference ‘Broadening Horizons – New Trends in Upper Limb Therapy’ in Perth. The conference attracted world-renowned international speaker Tracy Fairplay who instructed on advanced rehabilitation of proprioceptive wrist training following wrist injuries.
Dr. Celeste Glasgow furthered her work on the stiff PIP joint (Middle finger joint) following hand trauma. She found a significant improvement in outcomes when these injuries are treated before 6 weeks.
Hamish Anderson who is the Hand Therapist at Hawthorn Football Club showed us how to tape and protect wrist injuries for sports. Fiona Peck (UK) discussed the new splinting protocol following flexor tendon repairs in the hand. The surgeons discussed new techniques in nerve repair and outcomes of collagenase injections for Dupuytren’s disease. We also learnt about the new Autologous Tenocyte approach for chronic lateral epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow).
I brought back lots of new information for SA Hand Therapy to incorporate into our practice to help achieve better results for our patients.
24th & 25th July 2015
Jordan, Suzanne and Michael recently attended an advanced course run by 3 of the world experts in the field Dr Michel Coppieters, Dr Ben Boyd and David Butler on “Mobilisation of the Neuroimmune System”. The course was run by NOI recognised throughout the world as one of the leaders in Chronic Pain Education and Management.
We discussed The Neuroimmune System and the biopsychosocial clinical reasoning approach to chronic pain. We learnt about the role of neural mobilisation of the peripheral nerves to improve the health of these nerves and influence chronic pain mechanisms and we learnt some innovative neural gliding exercises which our patients can use at home.