What Is Hand Therapy?
Hand therapy involves the treatment of upper limb disorders which includes the shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand and fingers.
Specialist hand therapists are very experienced in treating these conditions and combine a range of skills. These include from an occupational therapy background such as scar management, splinting, and advice on activities of daily living. Skills also include from a physiotherapy background such as exercises, joint mobilisations and other manual techniques.
See our available treatments section for more details on the treatments available by our hand therapy specialist as well as our other physiotherapists.
What Types Of Conditions Are Treated By Hand Therapy?
Hand therapy treats a wide scope of conditions. These include but are not limited to:
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Peripheral Nerve Conditions
- Tendon Injuries
- Rheumatoid & Osteoarthritis
- Congenital Abnormalities
- Burns & Scars
- Sporting & Work Related Injuries
- Hand & Wrist Fractures
- Chronic Hand Conditions
If you are unsure if your condition is covered by hand therapy, please contact us to discuss this further.
What Will I Need To Bring To My Hand Therapy Appointment?
During your initial assessment you will be asked many questions regarding your condition and symptoms. Any correspondence, imaging reports or details that you feel may be useful for your physiotherapist should be brought with you.
Any splints or equipment that you are currently using should be brought with you to be inspected by your therapist.
During your examination, it will be necessary to expose relevant areas. You should therefore wear appropriate clothing.
Available Treatments Under Hand Therapy
What Does Splinting Involve? Splinting involves the creation of a custom-made orthotic device to help with the healing and rehabilitation of your injured hand. There are many types of splints that can be used for various...
What Does Oedema Management Involve? Oedema is swelling that presents quite commonly following injury or surgery. Excessive oedema can slow down healing, and restrict range of movement and power. Effective management can help reduce swelling...
What Does Taping Involve? Taping or Strapping involves the application of adhesive tape directly to the skin in order to either offload/support an anatomical structure, or to stop unwanted movement at a joint. The decision...
What Does Wax Therapy Involve? Wax therapy involves placing the affected hand in a warm wax bath. This helps to heat and relax the tissues of the hand, helping with both pain relief and to increase...
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