Hi I'm Hayley, a Hand Therapist at the Royal Melbourne Hospital (RMH).
In April I’m teaming up with the crew from Pain Revolution (http://painrevolution.org/the-mission) to ride 870km from Melbourne to Adelaide to raise awareness of how we as a community can manage PAIN and provide education to rural communities along the way.
Over the past 18 month the RMH Pain Unit & Hand Therapy Team have joined forces to develop and implement a new pathway and intervention program for patients within RMH who present with a condition called Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS).
What is CRPS I hear you say?
CRPS usually occurs after trauma of the affected limb, can commence at any time during the recovery period and is more common in the upper limb than the lower limb. Patients with CRPS present with severe pain, loss of movement especially in the fingers, swelling and significant sensory changes.
Outcomes for patients with CRPS have historically been poor with long term chronic pain, limited movement and reduced use of their hand.
Since we have been rolling out this pathway and intervention program at RMH we have seen a significant change in the outcomes for patients. This program has demonstrated the importance of education for everyone involved not just the patient and that early identification and intervention are paramount to a good recovery.
By signing up for this ride to Adelaide I hope to continue to spread the awareness of CRPS and support colleagues in their mission to revolutionise how we talk about and treat pain.
If you have time to donate some money that would be awesome!
Also check out the route so if you are nearby please come out and cheer, high five or offer us some water!!!
Thanks in advance