There are many different diseases, conditions and injuries affecting the hand that can benefit from hand therapy.
These will include the following:
- Trauma to tendons, nerves and other soft tissues
- Fractures and joint injuries
- Dupuytren's disease
- Carpal tunnel syndrome and other peripheral nerve problems
- Tenosynovitis and tendonitis
- Rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis
- Burns and hypertrophic & keloid scars
- Sports injuries
- Work and leisure related conditions
Many people with injury or diseases, affecting their hands, will benefit from wearing splints. Custom made thermoplastic and neoprene splinting can be provided for the purposes of rest, protection and function.
Oedema or swelling is a natural process that occurs following injury, surgery, or with certain conditions such as Rheumatoid Arthritis. To address Oedema, the hand therapist will use techniques such as elevation, massage, contrast bathing, coban, lycra gloves and neoprene sleeves.
Massage, silicone and ultrasound can be used to assist scar maturation. Scars can take many months to mature but eventually fade to a pale colour.
The hand therapist can advise patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis and Osteoarthritis on the best way to use their hands to prevent possible damage to joints. Adapting the way you perform a task, or using special devices, can help decrease the strain and stress placed on joints and in turn reduce the possibility of further joint destruction.
Stiffness of the hand is one of the most common complications following injury or surgery. Exercise Prescription is the basis of any therapy programme and will include active, passive and resistive exercises.