What does Hand Therapy provide?
Sometimes patients who have been affected by an accident or trauma to their hands go on to have hand therapy. Other patients include those that suffer from conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome or tennis elbow or those that have had planned surgery. People often have multiple needs following a hand injury, condition or operation including splinting, exercises and education.
The hand therapy team work in collaboration with the, surgeon to advise you when it is safe to commence therapy and refer you for the following treatment as required:
- Provide education, assessment and treatment to hand patients with diverse injuries, conditions and multiple pathologies
- Individualised home exercise programme to increase movement and strength
- Manipulation, mobilisation and muscle imbalance work. You may also be offered traction, taping, strapping or electrotherapy
- Provide an extensive range of custom made and prefabricated splints for trauma and elective conditions
- Sensory re-education and desensitisation, compression therapy following nerve injury and management of sensitive scars
- Provide continuous psychological and emotional support
- Preventative, non operative conservative treatment for conditions such as osteoarthritis
- Management of acute or choric pain including ice therapy, heat therapy, TENS machines.
- Management of oedema involving elevation, compression therapy and retrograde massage
- Specialised Denervation pre-operative assessments and treatments for long term painful conditions
- We have a Workshop to rehabilitate to patients where treatment is carried out in group sessions where patients have the access to a BTE (Baltimore Therapeutic Equipment) and the MULE (Microprocessor Upper Limb Equipment)
- Opportunity to partake in Functional groups including crafts and baking, run by our highly trained hand therapy assistants.
- Advice on returning your daily activities through adapted methods and equipment
- Assessment and conditioning prior to returning to work
- An Extended Scope Practitioner Service where 2 highly trained clinical specialists diagnose, plan and manage medical and therapy treatment for patients with certain conditions. Both are trained to administer steroid injections.
- A ‘One Stop’ service to elective dupuytrens patients who are treated in day case and have undergone a needle apponeurotomy procedure where your medical care, operation and therapy rehabilitation including splint and exercises are all done on the same day.
To find out more, please contact us.