Topic of the Month for October – The Hand [in Response to Beirut Crisis]

It has been another busy month reviewing and creating pages for the Physiopedia Content Team. With over 3,500 pages of physiotherapy / physical therapy content this is no mean feat but to help keep us focused every month we choose a topic to review. This enables us to keep improving all of our existing pages as well as creating new ones. The team focuses on updating references and ensuring there are no formatting errors but most important of all the search for the latest evidence and update the pages accordingly.

In October we had no difficulties in choosing a topic – we were driven by devastation to life caused by the explosion in Beirut in August.  Rachael, always organised and ready to help in crisis, contacted the teams on the ground and they said they were overwhelmed with the traumatic crush injuries they were seeing, particularly to the hand.  We rallied the team and led by Shaimaa one of our volunteers set to work on reviewing and creating pages relating to the hand and hand injuries.

The human hand is a miracle of evolution. Our elongated thumb is able to oppose our fingers, and hence manipulate objects and instruments with a far greater degree of precision than primates and other animals. The function of the hand is to grip, grasp and form precise, intricate movements.  In fact in many places rehabilitation of the hand is overseen by specialist physiotherapists / physical therapists and Ocupational Therapists but here was a situation where people who had never had to deal with hand injuries were tasked into that role.  With this in mind the team set to work creating and reviewing anatomy, injury and rehabilitation pages.

The team have created some awesome pages and made lots of edits to some of our current pages. They have updated references, found videos and images to improve the learning experience, but don’t take my word for it, you can see some of the pages our team created and reviewed below:

This is just a brief list of all the pages that were created and reviewed this month.  Why not find a quiet corner, grab a cup of coffee and have a browse through some the hand category, there are too many pages to discuss them all here!

We aim to review as many pages as possible each month and create pages that are needed but if you see pages that need improving or creating, not just on the topic of the month, please feel free to contact us with your comments. Physiopedia is a resource created by physiotherapists for physiotherapists. Your feedback is necessary and always welcome.

As on many occasions Physiopedia does not work alone, we often team up with Physioplus to combine knowledge and learning.  Sometimes reading is just not enough so Physioplus are always on hand to find an expert to enhance learning.  Together we combine our resources and the result is amazing, practical courses.  If you are looking to expand your clinical knowledge on hand injuries and rehabilitation, they have developed a range of courses and updated others to add another dimension to the learning experience.  Do you want to know more about the hand and rehabilitation?  Visit Physioplus NOW where you will find a wide range of topics and short courses from  Extensor Tendon Injury Management, Flexor Tendon Injury Management to Fabricating a Volar Splint for Distal Radius Wrist Fracture and if you are looking for a longer course there is  Management of Distal Radius Fractures Programme (and the list goes on…).  For a full list of courses on available on Physioplus click the button below.

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