What We Do

Our therapists are dedicated to assisting you overcome any hand, wrist or arm injury or condition. After a comprehensive assessment our therapists will create an individualised treatment and rehabilitation program to assist you achieve your functional goals and outcomes. This could involve manufacture of a custom-made splint/orthosis.

A splint or orthosis can be used to protect healing tissues and structures such as a fracture, tendon or nerve injury. They can also be used to increase function by supporting a painful or weak structure, mobilise a stiff joint, stretch scar tissue or rest inflamed structures such as a tendon or pulley.

Our teams close working relationship with hand surgeons, orthopaedic surgeons, local doctors and rehabilitation providers, ensures we have open communication with all parties, achieving optimal treatment outcomes.

Services We Offer

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Comprehensive hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder assessment

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Custom made soft splinting

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Serial casting for stiff joints

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Scar Management

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Desensitisation programs

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Exercise prescription and rehabilitation programs

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Post-Operative Rehabilitation

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Advice on return to work, modification to activity and aids suggestions to increase functional use of the hand

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Custom made thermoplastic splinting/orthosis fabrication

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Water proof casting

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Wound care

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Oedema Management

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Upper limb pain management

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Education regarding your condition

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Wax Therapy

Common Conditions We Treat

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Is when there is compression of the median nerve at the level of your wrist, this can cause pins and needles in the thumb, index and middle fingers. It may also be associated with pain and weakness.

Mallet Injuries

Injury to the tendon that straightens the tip joint of your finger and results in a droop at this joint. This can be associated with or without a fracture.

Thumb arthritis

Can cause pain at the base of your thumb due to either damage to the joint itself, weakness that occurs as a result of the arthritis or an imbalance of the muscles that are trying to support the joint. Treatment could involve bracing, advice on activity modification and assistive devices, education and a tailored exercise program.

DeQuervain’s Tenosynovitis

This occurs when inflammation of two tendons that move your thumb or the sheath that house these two tendons. This inflammation results in pain at the base of your thumb and thumb side of your wrist and is often aggravated with lifting and gripping tasks.

Cubital Tunnel Syndrome

Compression of the ulna nerve at the elbow. This can result in pins and needles in the small and ring fingers. It may also be associated with pain and weakness.

Trigger Finger

This can occur when there is inflammation of either the tendon that bends your finger or its pulley resulting in a click with movement. In some cases, a nodule can form and if severe the finger can lock and you may need to use your other hand to extend it.

Joint Instabilities

This can be due to a variety of reasons. Our therapists will assess the affected joint and then depending on the cause will provide an individualised rehabilitation program to retrain the muscles and ligaments which will in turn improve the joints proprioception and strength.

Scar Tissue

Scar tissue can cause problems if it sticks to other tissue, such as nerves, skin, tendons in the body as this can affect how these tissues then move and work efficiently. Treatment will involve softening and mobilising the scar tissue to increase function and improve how the scar looks.

Dupuytren’s Disease

This is a condition where the fascia or tissue that surrounds the tendon in your palm thickens. This thickening then contracts the tendon pulling the fingers in towards the palm making it hard to straighten your hand on a flat surface. Progression of this disease can be slow or rapid. We are involved in the post-operative care, once the disease tissue is removed but can also advise and give guidance on when to seek surgical opinion.

Joint dislocations

Finger dislocations are quite common and the most common joint to dislocate in the finger is the PIP or proximal interphalangeal (middle) joint. When a joint dislocates the structures around the joint are damaged. Our therapists will assess these structures and then provided splinting for joint protection and a rehabilitation program aimed at restoring lost range and function.

Ligament Injuries

Such as the ulna collateral ligament of the thumb. Our therapists will assess the integrity of the ligament and then advise on the best course of action whether it be immobilisation, surgical opinion or further investigations.

Wounds

Our therapists will be able to asses your wounds and provide wound care and apply the correct dressings to promote healing with minimal scaring. We are also able to remove sutures.

Tennis Elbow

Also known as lateral epicondylitis occurs with inflammation and or degeneration at the point at which the muscles that extend your wrist attach at your elbow. It is often associated with pain when gripping or shaking people’s hands.

Tendon Injury and Rehabilitation

This can cover acute tendon lacerations, and the post-operative rehabilitation that goes with this type of injury, to inflammation of the tendons of our fingers and wrist and how we can best offload and strengthen these.

Shoulder pain

Depending on the reason behind the shoulder pain, our therapists will assess and treat appropriately to ensure you regain range and function.

Upper limb Fractures

Whether the fracture (broken bone) is conservatively managed (without surgery) or operated on, our therapists will help from providing custom made immobilisation and support orthosis as well as developing an exercise program to prevent stiffness and restore strength and function as appropriate.

For Further Information

If you would like further information on the services we provide at Canberra Hand Therapy, or if we can assist you with your rehabilitation, click the button to contact us.