whats a hand specialist called?

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by yoshi, Jul 29, 2003.

  1. yoshi


    Jul 12, 2002
    England, London
    Hi all, my bro asked me to ask on here what a hand specailists called as he's buggered up his wrist playing guitar and thought one of you lot would know the title for them.

    He's seen a Doc, several times infact, each saying to rest it or take painkillers (which he wont as he says the damage will still occur just he wont notice - valid point though). He's even had it xrayed and still no feedback apart from rest it. So, he wants a hand specialist to have a shot at whats up.

  2. mikemulcahy


    Jun 13, 2000
    The Abyss
    There are orthopedic surgeons that specialize in hands. Check with the BSSH (British Society for Surgery of the Hand). I think they have a web site.

  3. yoshi


    Jul 12, 2002
    England, London
    Nice one, thanks a lot!

    Strangely enough I've hurt my wrist today whilst pick axing out a pond then taking apart a wardrobe with a screwdriver.

    I'll just rest it throughoughly for a few days, definatly don't want it to turn out like my bro's :meh: :(
  4. I broke my right wrist once and the doc splinted it and i had it like that for about a month and a half :D

    Cept I could take the splint off to take a shower...also did the same to the middle finger on my right hand about a month after my wrist got all healed :D Got that splinted and yelled at by teachers for "accidently" flipping them off, hehe.
  5. a woman. :D :D



    Jun 1, 2003
    Orlando, FL
    no a man :smug:
  7. Stupidnick


    Mar 22, 2002
    ...my room...
    I thought it was a horse :smug: :eek:
  8. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    I know Mike is the expert, but I would have said that yoshi's friend would have been better off seeing a physiotherapist first.

    I have had physiotherapy for my back, but while talking during treatment we got on to music and bass/guitar playing and how a lot of their patients were bass players with wrist/forearm problems.

    I saw a Harley Street specialist for my back (on the company!) and his view was that physiotherapy was always better than intrusive surgery.

    GPs are not specialists and they can't know everything, but I found that registered physiotherapists were the ones who could help with the "mechanics" of the body.
  9. mikemulcahy


    Jun 13, 2000
    The Abyss
    You are correct Bruce, here in the states, most orthopedic group practices employee these professionals as well. You must get a docs order for insurance to pay for these visits.

  10. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    Yes, there are some major differences between how healthcare is accessed in the US and the UK!

    So of course we have the famous National Health Service - but physiotherapy has been in very short supply, so most local doctors (GPs)don't often refer patients as they know there are long waiting lists - years in some cases!

    But my company has schemes for employees and I was able to see a physiotherapist immediately and they were incredibly helpful and explained a lot to me.

    I would say that it is worth paying for a physiotherapist privately in the UK if you can't get your GP to refer you (most people her don't have medical insurance unless it is a company scheme) - a half hour or hour appointment needn't cost much and can get you back to full health as well as showing you what you were doing wrong in the first place.

    Most good fitness centres have qualified physiotherapists on call and you can find them in the yellow pages.
  11. yoshi


    Jul 12, 2002
    England, London
    Thanks for all the additional info, especially to Bruce!

    I'll tell my bro about the physio reccomendation. I may actually look into it myself in the future if my writ still plays up in a week or two (It's got a lot better but I really don't want it to develop into anything like his has :/ ).
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