Hand therapy is the non-surgical management of hand disorders and injuries using treatment such as exercise, splinting and wound care. A hand therapist is a registered occupational therapist or physiotherapist who specialises in the rehabilitation of patients with conditions affecting the hands and upper limb.
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The hand is one of the most complex parts of your body and involves the intricate movement of the tendons, bones, tissues and nerves. The complex interaction of these structures, allow us to grip and do a wide variety of complex tasks.
A hand therapist requires a high level of specialisation, advanced post-graduate education and clinical experience in order to manage such conditions.
Following a hand injury or surgery, the hand may not function as before due to swelling, pain, loss of motion, altered dexterity, reduced grip etc. These people require specialist hand therapy treatment in order to return them to work, their hobbies and sporting activities that they enjoy.
The hand therapist will provide specialist care of your condition, as they can assess your problem, educate you on the condition, and provide treatment including individualised splint fabrication, exercises and guidance. Furthermore, if necessary they can instigate a referral to specific clinicians or for investigations to get the management necessary to optimise your recovery. The hand therapist often works alongside surgeons, planning and implementing post-operative care in order to optimise patients’ recovery following injury and surgery.
We are able to assess and manage a whole host of conditions. Some of which are listed below:
- Tendon repairs
- Crush injury
- Volar plate injury
- Pulley injuries
- Management of flaps and skin grafts
- Brachial plexus injuries
- Dupuytrens (Dermofasciectomy, Fasciectomy, Needle Apponeurotomy and Xiapex/Collagenase
- Carpal Tunnel Release
- Cubital tunnel release
- Thoracic outlet release
- Joint fusions
- Trigger finger release
- Wrist stabilisations
- 2 stage flexor tendon repairs
- Tendon transfers
- Joint replacements
- OA management
- Trigger finger
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Cubital tunnel syndrome
- Soft tissue massage
- Activity modification advice
- Thermoplastic splint fabrication
- Splint recommendation and advice
- Scar management
- Kinesiology taping
- Exercise progression
Splints are not required by everyone, however if you do require a splint there is an additional cost for this. We will discuss all the options and provide you with the guidance to ensure the appropriate management is provided.