What We Can Do Carpal Tunnel Syndrome • Orthotics • C-TRAC • Anti inflammatory treatments such as iontophoresis • Massage • Ultrasound • Joint Protection • Education • Swelling Control de Quervain’s Tenosynovitis • • • • • • Orthotics Iontophoresis Massage Ultrasound (where appropriate) Education Modification of activities of daily living Trigger Finger • Orthotics • Massage • Ultrasound Action Rehab has links with several of Melbourne’s leading hand surgeons. If necessary, referrals can be arranged for surgical opinion. Our Locations Richmond Malvern Orthosport Victoria Level 5 Epworth Hospital 89 Bridge Road Richmond VIC 3121 Cabrini Hospital Suite 31 Cabrini Hospital Isabella Street Malvern VIC 3144 Brighton Blackburn Bayside Orthosports 99 Bay Street Brighton VIC 3186 Blackburn Specialist Suites 195 Whitehorse Road Blackburn VIC 3130 Berwick Glen Waverley Epworth Specialist Suites 48 Kangan Drive Berwick VIC 3806 Waverley Plastic Surgery 747 High Street Road Glen Waverley VIC 3150 St Albans Laverton North Sunshine Private Consulting Suites Level 2 147 Furlong Road St Albans VIC 3021 Kinetic Health 1/38 Little Boundary Road Laverton North VIC 3026 Upper Limb Specialists Hand and Wrist Conditions during Pregnancy Parkdale Como Private Hospital 150 Como Parade West Parkdale VIC 3195 ACTION REHAB Upper Limb Specialists PHONE FAX 1300 762 227 1300 766 313 All Correspondence: PO Box 264 St Kilda VIC 3182 For further information, our referral forms, or to arrange a patient appointment, please contact us by phone or email: [email protected] www.actionrehab.com.au PHONE 1300 762 227 www.actionrehab.com.au Pregnancy and your hand Common Conditions Pregnancy causes the hormone levels in your body to change significantly, both during pregnancy and following the birth of your baby. Progesterone levels are extraordinarily high which causes a loosening of the ligaments throughout your body and can affect the small joints of your hand. You also have increased fluid retention which causes swelling around joints. This can make new mothers more prone to conditions such as: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Increased swelling causing compression of a nerve in your wrist that results in numbness, pins and needles and hand weakness. Can be successfully treated and resolved following the birth of your baby. de Quervain’s Tenosynovitis • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Inflammation of the tendon sheath in your wrist that causes burning pain with movement of the thumb and wrist. Pain usually starts pre-birth and without treatment worsens throughout the following year. • de Quervain’s Tenosynovitis • Trigger Finger • Wrist Instability Once your baby is born... Following the birth of your baby you will be using your hands in many new ways as a new mother. Repetitive tasks such as lifting and dressing can cause your wrist and tendons to become painful and inflamed. Speak to your hand therapist about prevention strategies. Trigger Finger/Thumb Thickening of a tendon that causes it to ‘catch’ when bending and straightening your finger/thumb. If caught early this can be treated simply with a small splint.
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