Hand Therapy is a specialty service provided by Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists.
Hand Therapy often involves splinting, brace fitting, wound care, and sewing garments, as well as manual techniques and exercise. We often treat common sports injuries such as mallet injuries and dislocated fingers. We also treat arthritis and patients with Thumb tendon swelling (called DeQuervain’s tenosynovitis), tennis elbow and shoulder pain.
Complex trauma cases usually require hand therapy after amputations, tendon and nerve repairs and shoulder or elbow reconstructions. Hand therapists also treat patients with hand arthritis and for conditions such as DeQuervain’s tenosynovitis (thumb tendon overuse), and Tennis Elbow.
The Australian Hand Therapy Association (AHTA) is a professional association that recognises specialisation in hand therapy. Check out their website at ahta.org.au for map of full members across Australia. Full members of the AHTA must meet and maintain education and training standards and have considerable clinical experience. Many members of the AHTA have also passed the international Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) exam and work under the title of ‘CHT’.