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8 February 2024

Updates & Communications
February 2024

  • What's New This Month:
  • Word from Jen, including discounted initial appointments with Haley and Robin
  • Welcome back to Nikita Kumar
  • Clinical Article
  • What our patients are saying

WORD FROM JEN

Jennifer Mathias
MHT Director
Senior Clinician

We welcome Robin Wilks, Physiotherapist to our team. Robin has worked as a physiotherapist for the previous 10 years and has a special interest in the rehabilitation of upper limb conditions, which include the shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand. She has recently relocated from Cape Town (South Africa) and successfully completed post graduate courses in sports, manual therapy and wrist conditions.

You will find Robin at our Rathmines Clinic, Hawthorn on a Monday and Thursday. At Eastlink Family Medical Centre, Wantirna on a Wednesday and at 176 Mt Dandenong Road, East Ringwood on Tuesdays and Fridays.

  • What's New This Month:
  • Word from Jen, including discounted initial appointments with Haley and Robin
  • Welcome back to Nikita Kumar
  • Clinical Article
  • What our patients are saying

In fact, we are running a special for two weeks for $20 off an initial appointment for Robin at our Eastlink rooms.

In addition to our Blackburn and East Ringwood rooms, Haley Field has now commenced working at our Deepdene practice on a Tuesday. As many of you know, our super star Haley, has worked with MHT for over 10 years. She is well loved by our patients and well respected by fellow Hand Surgeon’s. She has a particular interest in treating patients following sporting injuries. She also values treating patients with osteoarthritis of the hand and enjoys assisting them to return to the activities that they love.

We Welcome Back

Here is what she has to say:

I spent the last 9 months working at The Royal Children’s Hospital and saw some of the most mind-blowing injuries, surgeries and cutest little patients ever!!

The RCH is one of Victoria’s Major Trauma services and provides services across Victoria, Tasmania and some of NSW. During my time at RCH, I spent a lot of my time treating paediatric hand fractures and injuries – from footy injuries to large trauma cases. I also spent a lot of time working closely with some of the most skilled paediatric hand therapists and surgeons.

I was fortunate enough to see several congenital cases and be involved in the treatment following life changing surgeries. Many of these children continue their care under RCH for several years and often get discharged into adult services when they turn 18 years old.

Although I spent a lot of time with some of the cutest little patients, I also realised that I am truly passionate about hand therapy for a wide range of patients and missed treating adults too!! I loved my time at RCH and learnt so many new skills, valuable life lessons and now also have a massive appreciation for how resilient children (and their parents) truly are. I am now also ready to use those skills, along with my previous experience to see a wide variety of patients – both young and old!!!

You can find Nikita working Monday's and Thursday's @ 366 Stephensons Road Mount Waverley. Tuesdays and Friday's at 195 Whitehorse Road, Blackburn and Wednesday's at 176 Mt. Dandenong Road, East Ringwood.

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Clinical Article

Camptodactyly is a condition characterized by the abnormal bending (inability to straighten) one or more fingers, usually the little finger. Camptodactyly generally occurs without a known underlying cause. However, there are instances where it may be associated with genetic factors or previous trauma.

In some cases patients attend for their appointment and we notice that the same condition presents in the parent that brings them to their appointment! The problem can accentuate during the growth phases of development. There are 3 different types of camptodactyly.

Type I – Onset occurs during infancy

Type 2 – Onset during adolescent years (more common in girls than boys)

Type 3 – May be associated with other congenital anomalies

  • Treatment for camptodactyly depends on the severity of the condition and its impact on the individual's daily activities. In most cases, we apply a splint that is either worn full time initially in more severe cases, but commonly overnight. The response of splinting dictates the wearing regime.
  • The splint is generally advised for nighttime during the patients growing phase of development.
  • Surgery is rarely indicated for this condition.

What patients are saying

Feldy
The people are awesome good people. Professional

Helen
Professional, knowledgeable and kind

Melissa
Kate Rayner was a perfect hand therapist. Knowledge, friendly and funny. We couldn't imagine a better therapist. My daughter said she would gladly break her finger to see her again!!

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