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Edel Kelly

Director of Hand Solutions and Senior Clinician

Education and Qualification

  • Qualified as a Physiotherapist in Belfast Northern Ireland (UUJ 1990)
  • Certified Hand Therapist (USA)
  • Research Maters ( First class Honours 2011) : in vivo tendon excursion in the hand and dequervains tenosynovitis


  • 22 years of experience with Hand and Upper Limb
  • AUT paper leader and Lecturer for the Post graduate paper in Hand and Upper Limb rehabilitation (2007-2017)
  • Managed the Hand Therapy team at Middlemore Hospital Counties Manukau DHB (1997-2005)

Skills and Specials Interests

  • Tendon mechanics and rehabilitation
  • Wrist and elbow injuries
  • Complex trauma
  • Pain Management
  • Acupuncture
  • Research
  • Repetitive strain and Overuse
  • Golfing injuries
  • Postoperative splinting for Dupytrens fasciotomy
  • Ulnar sided wrist pain and diagnostics
  • Extensor tendon rehabilitation and Relative motions splinting
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and advanced practice service model evaluation

Edels Publications

Kelly, E, Ellis, R., Hing, W., (2018). Ultrasound assessment of Extensor Pollicis Brevis tendon excursion in different wrist positions in healthy people. Journal of Hand Therapy (Feb )

Collocott, S., Kelly, C. E., & Ellis, R. (2017). Optimal early active mobilisation protocol after extensor tendon repairs in zone V and VI: A systematic review of literature”. Hand, 11(1 Suppl), 141S-142S. doi:10.1177/1558944716660555jw


JHT 2018 EPB tendon excursion US

Collis, J., Collocott, S., Hing, W., & Kelly, E. (2013). The effect of night extension orthoses following surgical release of Dupuytren contracture: a single-center, randomized, controlled trial.. J Hand Surg Am, 38(7), 1285-94.e2. doi:10.1016/j.jhsa.2013.04.012

Edels Presentations

  • IFSSHT World Congress Buenos Aires Argentina (2016)
  • NZOA  and HTNZ Queenstown
  • ASH Annual Meeting   (2011), Nashville USA
  • HTNZ  Annual Meeting (2011) Napier NZ
  • Arthritis NZ