Clicking and locking of a finger or thumb is generally known as a “Trigger finger” or “Trigger thumb.” This is a common condition involving inflammation or thickening of the tendon that bends your fingers or thumb. The tendon passes through a pulley in the palm of the hand, however when the tendon is inflamed, it can catch or lock as you make a fist or grip items.Read more
Joint pain from osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are often flared up during colder weather. Arthritis in the hand commonly occurs at the thumb carpometacarpal joint, fingertips or known as the distal interphalangeal joint (DIPJ) and metacarpal joint. Arthritis can also occur at the wrist. Here we take a look at different ways of managing arthritis and how a hand therapist can help.Read more
Finger injuries are generally known as a ‘jarred finger.’ It commonly occurs in sports such as netball, AFL, oz tag and rugby. Quite often they are left untreated and can lead to swelling, stiffness, pain and finger deformities. Here we take a look at the most common finger injuries and how a Hand Therapist can help.Read more
What is a central slip injury?
The central slip is part of the extensor tendon that straightens the proximal interphalangeal joint (PIP joint). It is often injured from joint dislocation or forced flexion of the PIP joint. The tendon can tear away from the bone or pull a small fracture fragment with it.
Injuries to the flexor tendon pulleys are common for rock climbers. Here’s how an injury may occur and how it will be treated by your hand therapist.
Overuse of certain muscles and tendons from constant smartphone use can cause inflammation and tendonitis, resulting in pain. Here’s how you can help.
We have been making a series of exercises video tutorials for our social media. Have a look at our one for thumb opposition exercises.
This exercise strengthens the thumb and improves range of motion. Watch our video for a demonstration:
Here we take a look at how to prevent common injuries associated with playing netball, such as an injury to the volar plate ligament.
For a non-contact sport we see a lot of netball-related finger injuries! This is most commonly caused by the ball hitting the end of the finger, which forces the finger into hyperextension, sustaining an injury to the volar plate ligament at the front of the middle joint.