Wrist and Hand Conditions

In the Pregnant/Postnatal Population

Crossed HandsLast week, I had the pleasure of doing an interview with Ian Dowley, the director and senior physiotherapist at Flex Physiotherapy in Perth.

Ian spends his days treating wrists and hands, so I picked his brains about conditions that he sees in women who are pregnant or just had a baby. In particular we talked about De Quervains Tenosynovitis and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Ian covered some great tips about things that women can do to help manage their pain and in some cases avoid aggravating it.

I was lucky enough to have my own thermoplastic splint made for me – and you can see how quick and easy it is for physiotherapists with years of training…I couldn’t make one that looks that good!

The key message from Ian was –

Get help sooner rather than later. These conditions are much much easier to treat when they are in the early stages.

What we covered

  1. Brief intro about Ian and his background
  2. De Quervain’s tenosynovitis – what it is, what causes it, management options.
  3. Splinting- Ian shows how he makes a simple wrist/thumb splint
  4. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome – anatomy, symptoms, management (including tips for good nerve health)
  5. Top tips for pregnant women to help avoid wrist/hand pain
  6. Top tips for the postnatal population

If you would like to just watch a video specific to your condition, then you can find the edited videos on YouTube

Carpal tunnel

More common in Pregnancy

De Quervain’s

More common in Postnatal

If you live in Perth and would like to see Ian, you can find him at Flex Physiotherapy, St John of God Hospital, Murdoch.


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