TypeAdult Services - MSK Occupational Therapy
Musculoskeletal Occupational Therapy (OT) Hand Therapy offers a wide range of treatments for patients who have a hand /wrist dysfunction or injury.
What is Hand Therapy?
Hands provide us with the unique ability to grasp, hold, move and manipulate objects, they consist of the wrist, palm and fingers and all are essential for everyday functional living. No matter what age you are or what you do for a living hand therapy has a crucial role in guiding you through your recovery after an injury, elective operation or long term condition.
What is a Hand Therapist?
A Hand Therapist is a highly trained occupational therapist proficient in treating hand conditions. Our aim is to enable you to return to using your hands in daily activities following a hand injury. These activities could include your job, home, sports or hobbies. On your first visit we will assess what your needs are in consultation with you. We will then help you understand your condition and after a comprehensive assessment we will develop a treatment plan with you tailored to meet your specific needs and enable you to work with your plan at home.
What is a Hand Therapy Assessment?
An assessment will include reviewing any wounds, scars, swelling and assessing range of movement, strength, hand function and pain to enable us to tailor a treatment plan for your condition including exercise programmes, preventative care, ultrasound, scar management and if appropriate aids to daily living.
Your injury, surgery or long term condition may require you to wear a splint. There are two types of splints one used for resting joints of the wrist and hand and the other to support work done by the hands
Hand Rheumatology Workshop
We run a monthly Rheumatology workshop to help patients to manage their symptoms more effectively and to be able to engage in everyday tasks more efficiently. Either the bone, tendon or ligament after surgery or in long term conditions such as arthritis. Much of the treatment can be carried out in your own home and we will provide regular outpatient reviews. Some people are unable to return to the previous level of functioning. The Hand therapist can assist in signposting and referring to other services, if required.
Hand Therapy plays a crucial role in guiding you through recovery or management of your surgery or condition.
Who is this service for? For adults with hand dysfunction and injuries.
How to access this service: Referrals are accepted from qualified professionals including GPs, consultants, accident and emergency (A&E) and allied health professionals.
- Telephone: 0330 5556789