Hi there! I’m Joanna, an occupational therapist by training. I have always been in interested and passionate in hand therapy and upper limb rehabilitation, since most of the activities we perform daily rely so much on our hands. Often times, we do not realise how important our hands are to us until an injury is sustained and we lose function of the hand. Can you imagine performing your daily self-care, work and leisure activities using only one hand? Having to do simple tasks such as pulling up your pants without the use of your thumb, having difficulty controlling the mouse when using the computer due to pain in your wrist, or being unable to play tennis or basketball due to an injury to your wrist or fingers? These are very true scenarios which may happen to each and every one of us at some point in our lives.
Even without an acute injury or trauma, poor ergonomics and postures, as well as prolonged overuse of the upper limbs also contribute to the development of musculoskeletal and repetitive strain injuries – i.e. persistent aches and pain in the neck, shoulders, arms, elbows, wrists and fingers. These aches and pain tend to persist over long periods of time – days, weeks, months and for some, even years! Proper ergonomic advice and therapeutic interventions are often necessary to ensure full recovery and prevent these musculoskeletal injuries from recurring in future.
It is my strong belief that education and knowledge on the nature of the injury or condition, injury prevention strategies and lifestyle modifications are essential not just for recovery, but in the achievement of a healthy and pain-free life. As such, I embark on my journey with you to understand the common injuries and conditions that tend to afflict the hand and upper limb, as well as good ergonomics principles that can be applied to daily activities. Always remember, prevention is better than cure!