Hand therapy involves the assessment and management of the hand and upper limb, and may require the fabrication of custom-made splints, application of casts, specific exercises and other techniques which aim to improve function and correct deformity.
Appropriate post-operative therapy is as crucial as the surgery itself to a patient’s final outcome. Management of finger, hand, wrist, forearm and elbow problems should be managed by therapists who exclusively see and treat these conditions.
Hand therapists are registered Physiotherapists or Occupational Therapists who have undertaken extensive training in the treatment of disorders of the hand and upper limb. Australian Hand Therapists have fulfilled the rigorous criteria and commitment to continuing education by being full members of the Australian Hand Therapy Association (AHTA).
Hand therapists possess detailed knowledge of the anatomy of the upper limb and of diseases and conditions that affect the arm. They have specialised skills in the assessment and treatment of upper extremity dysfunction which allows them to provide best practice care for each of their patients through individualised therapy programs.
Hand Therapists can help with many hand & upper limb conditions including;
Fractures, joint injuries and dislocations
Nerve compressions e.g. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Nerve and tendon injuries
Tendinitis or other soft tissue injuries e.g. tennis elbow
Work related injuries
Skin graft and flaps
Post surgical conditions
Every hand is different, with different functional demands and this is understood by your hand therapist to provide specific therapy suitable for the individual’s needs.