Hand therapists treat and rehabilitate patients with upper
limb injuries, particularly of the wrist and hand. These injuries
include traumatic injuries, congenital deformities, neurological and
arthritic conditions, and regional pain syndrome arising from RSI of
Role of physiotherapy
hand therapist has a range of skills which are invaluable to the
patient's level and rate of recovery. Hand surgeons and hand
therapists generally work together to ensure the best possible
result for the patient.
Benefits of physiotherapy
One of the major skills of the hand therapist is custom-made
splinting. Splinting can be used for rest and immobilisation of
fractures and soft tissue injuries, protection during sport and
work, enhanced function, or for correcting contractures. Other
skills include oedema management, scar management and wound care
using modalities such as massage, compression and appropriate
silicon products and dressings. Return to optimal activity levels is
enhanced with the provision of aids and appliances, e.g.
recommendations for car alterations, work site assessment and return
to work plans.
Other treatment techniques include passive
joint mobilisation and soft tissue work such as deep friction
massage. Specific exercise programs are prescribed to mobilise,
strengthen, and desensitise. Electrotherapy modalities such as
ultrasound, laser, wax, TENS, and electrical stimulation are all
frequently employed in treatment.
Would you like the names of physiotherapists
who have a special interest in Hand Therapy? This falls under
the category of Hand and Splinting. Call us on (03) 9527 7532 or contact us here.
|By courtesy of the Australian Physiotherapy Association