A POSITIVE AND CARING APPROACH TO TREATMENT
After seeing my GP and having an ultrasound and XRay, I was diagnosed with DeQuervain’s Tenosynovitis of the right hand. I had constant pain and movements involving the thumb and wrist such as pinching, grasping or wringing made my pain worse. Essentially I was unable to get on with everyday tasks, including dressing myself.
I worked closely with my therapist Graham Pemberton who carefully rehabilitated me over the course of 12 months. Although some sessions were difficult initially, the more I adhered to the prescribed exercises, the better my situation became. Graham’s caring nature and positive influence saw me improve slowly and steadily. I am now fully recovered and doing everything I used to be able to do.
Thank you to the team at Melbourne Hand Rehab, but, particularly to Graham, who put my mind at ease as I put my health in his care.
GREAT EXPERIENCE SO FAR THAT IS HELPING ME BE ABLE TO DO THE THINGS IN MY LIFE I WAS PREVIOUSLY DOING PRIOR TO THE INJURY
I’ve had De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis since February 2020. During that time, I had huge reductions is hand functionality, constant pain/inflammation and reduced grip strength. My treatment included wearing a wrist splint for over a year, taking a high dose of anti inflammatories for an extended period of time, having a cortisone injection and finally having surgery.
After my surgery and a second cortisone injection afterwards, with only seeing minimal improvement (and a decrease in some areas), I went to see Melissa at the Mill Park clinic, as my next step was to have a second surgery.
Since seeing Melissa for about 6 weeks, I have seen huge improvements. My wrist mobility has improved, the pain has decreased and my grip strength is gradually improving. I’ve even been able to decrease my anti inflammatory dosage, while still continuing to see improved results. While I still have a while to go until it’s 100% recovered, I now don’t have the fear of having a second surgery.
Melissa is friendly and knowledgeable and has been able to teach me some great exercises to do at home, that have significantly sped up my recovery. She is thorough during sessions and knows exactly what she is doing.
If only I saw Melissa earlier, I may have been able to avoid having surgery in the first place. She is highly recommended!
I got a Mallet Finger injury from taking a sock off! A lot of my physical activity halted due to this injury leaving me frustrated. I came to Melbourne Hand Rehab in Werribee for guidance.
My goals were to return to sport and hopefully full range of motion. My therapist Jessica Cauchi was very professional and gave excellent guidance.
Post therapy, I’ve been able to go back to sport and have full range of motion and strength. I would recommend Melbourne Hand Rehab Werribee to anyone seeking therapy for their hand.
A POSITIVE EXPERIENCE. STAFF MEMBERS WERE ALWAYS PROFESSIONAL, HELPFUL AND EASY TO INTERACT WITH
In May 2020, early in Melbourne’s COVID lockdowns, I fell over and tore the ligaments at the base of my left thumb. The injury was painful, and I had very limited ability to use my left hand. My thumb was weak and painful for most daily tasks. I was referred to Graham at Melbourne Hand Rehab for therapy, and he began working with me. Healing was initially slow, but he was patient and persistent. He listened carefully to my symptoms, discussed his thoughts with me, and thanks to his treatment, my thumb slowly improved.
It reached a point where we decided that surgery was needed, and following the surgery Graham worked with me again to progress the healing. It’s now almost 12 months since my initial injury, and I have full use of my thumb, and think of it as normal. In other words, I don’t need to think about it much at all!
A big thank you to Graham for his expertise, patience and encouragement, and thanks to Melbourne Hand Rehab for facilitating appointments for me over the last 12 months. I am a happy client.