Hand Injury and Physio
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, 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 if felt to be linked to your pain.
Conditions we treat:
- Sports injuries
- Ligament sprains
- Tendon strains
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Dupuytrens 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. In some cases it can be used to aid blood flow to an area to promote tissue healing. This is also very important to help you with scar management post-surgically and some specialist techniques can be employed to help with hypersensitivity after a trauma or operation.
- Taping to help with stability and pain in the hand, even to help with swelling and hypersensitivity!
- Acupuncture can be used to assist with pain management and tissue healing.
- Pain management – a painful hand or wrist will not work, we will help reduce the pain and restore your hand function.
- Exercises are very important to help you regain your strength and movement in the hand allowing you to carry out your normal activity. These will be specially tailored to suit you.
- Splinting – in some cases a custom made static splint will be fabricated specifically for you 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.
- Work related upper limb disorders – we can include ergonomic advice for your workspace
- Swelling management – we can use several techniques that can be done to help keep oedema to a minimum, therefore allowing better hand movement and function.