Pam praises helping hands of therapy group


Pam Pedersen with Gary Rigby

A grateful patient has praised the care she received from the James Cook University Hospital’s hand therapy team, after a bad wrist break resulted in intensive physiotherapy.

Pam Pedersen, 73, from Great Ayton, says she “couldn’t have asked for better treatment” after losing the use of her left hand and being referred to Gary Rigby, a specialist hand physiotherapist.

Pam benefited from Gary’s pioneering group therapy session after suffering a particularly bad left wrist break, caused by a slip at home.

The break, which had already caused considerably reduced strength and loss of function in her hand and wrist, also led to her needing surgery for Carpel Tunnel Syndrome – a condition that causes tingling and numbness of the hands and fingers.

However, she says the exercises she did under Gary’s guidance as part of a group of six to eight patients saw her condition improve dramatically.

More on this patient case study here.