Severe Hand Injury Affects Life
Most people do not realize the “incredibly disabling” effect of a severe hand injury on the life of the individual.
Speaking t the launch of the Caribbean Hand Center Dr. Alejandro Badia said the injury could be personally spiritually and economically disabling.
It has “a huge social and economic impact. People who before we would write them off and they would have to go on social benefits can now get back to the productive workforce with therapy”
Badia said it took a multidisciplinary team (for surgery, diagnostics and rehabilitation) to get the patient back from injury.
The Caribbean Hand Centre is a collaborative effort involving Lisa Niles of Sports Therapy and Reha ; and Kristi Maingot and Stephen Frankland of Serpentine Road Physiotherapy.
Their aim is to provide a more holistic approach to managing healing of limbs with special emphasis on hand therapy.
Certified hand an occupational therapist Dr. David Cummins, who is based in Barbados, will be flown to TT to conduct clinics and the cost of his is borne by the Centre.
“The cost of a hand therapist in the States is much more than what we would pay for it Trinidad and Tobago, so we are offering a subsidized service but the cost still has to be met in terms of the overall costing,” said orthopedic surgeon Dr. Godfrey Araujo and member of the hand clinic.