Sokny at the International Hand Therapy congress 2013 in India

Sokny with participants and Evelyn Mackin (in white jacket)

Sokny at the International Federation of Societies for Hand Therapy congress 2013 in India.

Senior RCRC Physiotherapist, Sokny took to the skies in early March – on his first ever flight – to New Delhi, India.

As the winner of the Evelyn Mackin Award for a therapist from a developing country, RCRC was thrilled that Sokny had this opportunity to take part in this fantastic learning opportunity.

There was a great deal to choose from – as the conference was attended by many health disciplines including specialist hand surgeons. Also present were Occupational Therapists, Prosthetists and Orthotists (POs),  Physiotherapists, and researchers.

Sokny focussed on topics that might be of greatest use in Cambodia, and  at RCRC. These were wrist instability: splinting or exercise; stabilisation exercise for wrist instability; rehabilitation for patients with burns; thumb instability: surgery, splints or exercise, and consideration of the kinds of splinting material and types of splints.  Hand therapy is such a specialist area, and in Cambodia, as elsewhere, so much is at stake if hand use is compromised through injury.

It wasn’t quite all work though, Sokny also grabbed the chance to visit the Taj Mahal!

Sokny – at the Taj Mahal

‘Amazing and fantastic’ is how he summed it up.  Sokny is looking forward to the opportunity to pass on his new found knowledge, to his RCRC colleagues and to members of the Cambodian Physical Therapy Association (CPTA).

RCRC is enormously grateful to theInternational Federation of Societies for Hand Therapy, for providing  Sokny with an all-expenses paid opportunity to learn so much from others in the field of hand therapy.                                                             Written by Lee Parker

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