Provision of strengthening programmes following distal radius fracture
Distal radius fractures are one of the most common fractures in the United Kingdom. They may occur at any age across the lifespan and can result in impairments such as decreased range of motion, functional impairment and an ongoing decrease in strength. Due to these known impairments patients are often referred for post operative therapy.
The aims of many rehabilitation programmes will be to increase motion, decrease oedema and pain, increase strength and return the patient to function. Many studies have looked at the effectiveness of rehabilitation techniques to achieve these aims. However on close examination of the available clinical evidence it has become clear that there is a lack of information within the evidence to show the types of strengthening exercises being prescribed or their effectiveness.
The primary investigator of this study is a qualified Occupational Therapist practicing within the field of hand therapy. The primary investigator is currently an enrolled part -time post graduate student at the University of Ulster. This study will be used to form part of their Masters in Advancing Clinical Practice (OT).
The primary aims of this study are:
To determine the level of knowledge of strengthening principles amongst hand therapists in the United Kingdom
To understand the types of strengthening exercises used by hand therapists in the United Kingdom to strengthen patient’s upper limbs following distal radius fracture
To identify common practice patterns across the United Kingdom that can be used as base for clinical trial for effectiveness of strengthening exercises following distal radius fracture
If you are an Occupational Therapist or Physiotherapist, who has worked in the United Kingdom in the last 12 months and you consent to participation in this research project please answer the below question.