Ironically, when thinking of ideas for this blog, a quote from one of our orthopaedic hand surgeons, Ram Chandru, came to mind… “little bone, big problem”, so the focus was intended to be on avulsion fractures.
We also wanted to focus on the bigger picture approach in rehabilitation, of involving the sensorimotor system, movement patterning, emotions and beliefs when helping a person return to full function after a hand or wrist injury (little bone – big problem!).
Then, the Covid-19 virus crisis hit, and the little thing became a big problem overnight. From Wednesday 25th March, In Touch switched to telehealth consultations and will do so until further Government direction about face-to-face primary care consultations.
Over the last few months, the In Touch Hand Therapy team had already been working hard on instigating Physitrack in the clinic - customising exercise programmes for patients to download and use remotely on their mobile devices. We are developing a full complement of wrist exercises, proprioception retraining, thumb arthritis and wrist ligament injury programmes. Physitrack also gives us the opportunity to touch base with patients via telehealth, and we are also using Zoom. When we are able to resume our usual services excellent hand hygiene will continue to be of paramount importance, as well as the wellbeing of staff and our patients. We are lucky that all three of our clinics have plenty of room, with the option of private treatment spaces with good ventilation.
So, with some uncertainty on the horizon, we are preparing ourselves as best we can to continue to provide the only hand therapy services in the Hornby, Wigram, Rolleston and Lincoln communities we serve.