DeQuervain’s is a condition where the two tendons that insert into the base of the thumb, the abductor pollicis longus (APL) and extensor pollicis brevis (EPB), become inflamed inside of the sheath.
A mallet finger is when the terminal extensor tendon avulses from the distal phalanx with or without a piece of bone, resulting in an inability to straighten the tip of the finger. A mallet injury can be classified into:
• A bony mallet, when the tendon comes off attached to a bony fragment called an avulsion fracture
• A tendinous mallet, where the tendon avulses by itself
Osteoarthritis is common at the carpometacarpal (CMC) joint of the thumb (base of thumb). Osteoarthritis is wear and tear degeneration of the joint.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is characterised by numbness and tingling in the hand and arm caused by a compression of the median nerve as it passes through the wrist.
A volar plate injury is common in ball sports, such as netball or cricket when a ball hits the end of the finger, forcing it into hyperextension.
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.
What is jersey finger?
Jersey finger is an injury to the FDP tendon in the finger. It is common in sports like AFL or rugby when a player attempts to grab another’s jersey with the tips of their fingers, but the jersey is jerked away.
A Bennett’s fracture is a fracture to the base of the first metacarpal bone, which is located at the base of the thumb. They are common in combat-type sports, such as UFC.
Here is a roundup of the hand therapy conferences attended by our director, Dr. Anne Wajon, in 2017. Anne is currently President of the International Federation of Societies for Hand Therapy (IFSHT).
Hand Therapy Group has been recognised for the quality and safety of their service with the award of accreditation by Quality Innovation Performance (QIP) at our Macquarie, Pacific and Hills Norwest practices.