Hand Therapy is the art and science of rehabilitation of the upper limb – shoulder to hand. It involves evaluation and testing to assess the injured limb from which a specific treatment program can be designed. A variety of specialised treatment techniques are used to achieve these goals.

Hand therapy consists of specialised education and training and includes therapeutic interventions-such as customised splint fabrication, pressure garment fabrication, modalities, therapeutic exercise, soft tissue mobilisation, joint mobilisation, patient education, return to work programmes and functional activities. The conditions seen may include:

  • Fractures and dislocations
  • Repetitive strain injuries
  • Flexor and extensor tendon injuries
  • Peripheral nerve injuries
  • Traumatic crush injuries
  • Amputations
  • Burns
  • Sports injuries
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis