Hands are important; they are your interaction with the world around you; they are your communication aids, working aids, they do your basic household tasks and your favourite hobbies.
When a hand is injured the chances are you are limited in everything you want to do.
We can help with problems in the hand, whether this is through trauma, elective surgery, repetitive strain or arthritis.
We can also help with general aches and pains and even nerve conditions and some pain syndromes.
Patients can self-refer and we will give advice or they may be sent via a Consultant Surgeon. Whichever way you get to us we can help you restore your hand to normal function.
Charlotte Saunders specialises in hand conditions.
What to expect:
During an examination, the physiotherapist will take a complete history of your condition. They will examine you for any swelling or deformities and take a series of measurements including strength, the range of movement, grip, movement patterning as well as more specific testing depending on the condition.
Often they will also look at the rest of the strength in the arm or even the neck if it is felt to be linked to your pain.
Conditions we treat:
- Sports injuries
- Ligament sprains
- Tendon strains
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Dupuytren’s disease
- Work-related upper limb pain
- Post-operative rehabilitation
Treatments we do:
- Manual Therapy is the more hands-on(!) treatment provided by a physiotherapist.
- It can be used to relax or loosen soft tissue and increase joint range of motion.
- It can be used to aid blood flow to an area to promote tissue healing.
- Scar tissue management post-surgically requires a lot of manual work
- Further, specialist techniques can be employed to help with hypersensitivity after a trauma or operation.
- Taping to help with stability and pain as well as swelling and hypersensitivity!
- Acupuncture can be used to assist with pain management and tissue healing.
- Exercises are very important to help you regain your strength and movement in the hand. These will be specially tailored to suit you.
- Splinting. In some cases, a custom-made static splint will be fabricated specifically for your hand, and sometimes a pre-made on is more suitable.
- Splinting aims to immobilise or rest a specific part of the hand or wrist to aid recovery.
Treatment may include following a protocol from a surgeon: we will talk to your surgeon directly to make sure we know what has been repaired or replaced.
We work closely with all the local upper limb surgeons including Mr Jepson, Mr Kerr and Mr Giddens.