Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed (CRP)

Years of experience in HT: 8.

Main areas in HT you’ve been working in: bangladesh

Different Hand Fractures (Pre & Post Operative), Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Trigger Finger, Mallet finger, Tennis Elbow, Golfers Elbow, Burn, Tendon Injury (Pre & Post Operative), Nerve Injury (Pre & Post Operative), Writer’s Cramp, Erb’s Palsy, Brachial Plexus Injury (Pre & Post Operative), De Quervain’s tenosynovitis etc.

Main subjects that you’ve presented in a meeting?

Development of Hand Therapy in Bangladesh. Current stautus & action plan.

Please, tell us more about you…

What was your first encounter with hand therapy?

Actually I been started to treat the patient with Hand Injury and splinting since the beginning of my job as an Occupational therapist in 2004.That time most common condition was hand fracture and Rheumatoid Arthritis. But officially I have started to work in Hand Therapy since 2007.

What is the most important training you’ve had and where was it? Could you tell us some anecdotes about that?

Attended in a short course (1st June to 7th June’2009) at CRP- Savar (Bangladesh) on Advance Hand Therapy Training by Lisa O’Brien, Lecturer- Monash University and Senior Clinician (Hand Therapy) at The Alfred Hospital, Melbourne, Australia. The main contents of it were Functional Anatomy of Hand, Hand Assessment, Searching evidence, Splinting, Pressure garments measurement & treatment protocols of specific hand problems.

In your opinion which is the book you think a hand therapist needs to have near her bed?

Hand and Upper Extremity Rehabilitation: A Quick Reference Guide

Which article do you think is the most essential for a hand therapist to read? What did you find in this article that you want to share?

“Developing hand therapy skills in Bangladesh: Experiences of Australian volunteers” The article is based on Bangladesh and authors are our Hand Therapy trainers. As per their opinion there have a lots of potentiality of the services. One important thing need to share that learning style can vary country to country also in different cultures.

Has your professional practice changed over the years? How did it use to be and how is it now?

Yes, little bit change, because initially I was think and try to develop Occupational Therapy profession in Bangladesh- now OT is in good stage. Currently I am trying to promote Hand Therapy in Bangladesh. In clinical practice now I am more emphasizing to treat Hand injuries/problem patient rather than other common cases.

In which projects are you involved in this moment?

I have involved to run the project on Hand Therapy development in Bangladesh (supported by Interplast-ANZ) and IFSHT (as a delegate of Bangladesh). Coordinate the Hand Therapy Interest Group of Bangladesh.

In your opinion which are the next highlights for HT in the coming years?

Form an association for Hand Therapy professional in Bangladesh and apply to IFSHT for Full membership (now associate member).

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