At our last Editorial Board meeting in Chicago, board member, David Zelouf, MD, suggested a new Editorial Board member who is a certified hand therapist. We can now officially welcome Susan Michlovitz, PhD, PT, CHT, to the editorial board. Susan brings to Techniques in Hand & Upper Extremity Surgery a vast experience in the field of rehabilitation, and specifically as it applies to hand and upper extremity surgery.
Dr. Michlovitz suggested that our readers might benefit from a review-type article that would address in a comprehensive fashion the principles and techniques of rehabilitation as it might apply to one or more techniques or operations that currently appear in Techniques in Hand & Upper Extremity Surgery. Thus, the reader will note the article on rehabilitation of arthroplasty of the wrist that follows the wrist arthroplasty presentation by Brian Adams, MD, in this issue.
My career in hand and upper extremity surgery began before the era of hand therapists. In my opinion, the improved results now being achieved in tendon and other forms of hand and upper extremity surgery are not only due to better science and improved surgical techniques, but also to the postsurgical management protocols developed by hand therapists around the world. The rehabilitation protocol should be considered an integral part of the surgical procedure.
James R. Doyle, MD
Co-Editor-in-Chief, Emeritus Professor of Surgery (Orthopaedics), John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii