Posted by on 6 June 2019

Hand Therapy Awareness Week

"It is unconcious everyday use of our incredibly intricate hands that define what we do and who we are".

  

HAND THERAPY AWARENESS WEEK

Hooray and welcome to hand therapy awareness week! Actually we know what you’re thinking because we hear this all the time: “What is a Hand Therapist?”

If you ask the Australian Hand Therapy Association, they would describe Hand Therapists as :

“Registered Physiotherapists and Occupational therapists who through further education, clinical experience and independent study have become proficient in the treatment of upper limb conditions…”

Hand Surgery is a large part of our practice at Sandhurst Plastic Surgery. However a meticulous surgical journey is only one part of the overall outcome. The patient and patient related factors also play a part. The third part of the winning trifecta is having highly trained and skilled therapists to guide this recovery.  For this reason we work very closely with the therapists of Sandhurst Hand Therapy

Sandhurst Hand Therapy consists of three dedicated Occupational Therapists.  Jane, Brett and Matt who are there to help you recover from injury, surgery or disease. They collaborate closely with the surgical and nursing team of Sandhurst Plastic Surgery.

You’re probably still wondering why or what type of condition would bring you to a Hand Therapist. The patients at Sandhurst Hand Therapy often tell us: “I wish I had of known about you sooner.” In a nutshell, any injury or condition effecting the fingers, thumb, wrist, elbow or arm. This may include a recent injury such as a fracture or sprain, or be a more longstanding condition such as arthritis, or carpal tunnel syndrome.

Well again, according to the Australian Hand Therapy Association;

“Hand therapy is the art and science of rehabilitation of the upper limb – shoulder to hand. It involves evaluation and testing of the injured limb from which a specific treatment program can be designed…”

So how will the therapists help you at SHT? Well  due to high levels of training and experience from working and studying around the globe the therapists have acquired many different skills or “string to their bow!” It could involve manage your wound or scar,  it may could make a custom made thermoplastic splint for your wrist to get off that plaster, support you back to work or enable you to return to sport.  The therapist may  provide a home exercise program, or give you advice on managing your household or work tasks. 

So now when someone stops you on the street, you can fill him or her in on all that you know!

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