Hand therapy plays an integral role in rehabilitation following hand injury, elective and traumatic hand surgery.
Hand therapy is a sub specialised area of both Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy, whereby Physiotherapists or Occupational Therapists undertake further training in hand therapy. They are regulated by the Australian Hand Therapy Association.
Dr Graham may recommend you visit and Hand Therapist either pre-operatively, post-operatively or alternatively when surgery is not indicated.
Your hand therapist will carefully supervise your progress, give you specific exercises to perform for your condition and also fabricate specific splints/casts which you require. Hand therapists also will attend to your surgical wound, provide dressings and remove sutures. To achieve the best possible outcome it is crucial that you attend your therapy sessions, and undertake the recommended exercises. The hand therapists liase closely and communicate your progress with Dr Graham, to help plan and individualise your treatment, and to ultimately optimise your outcome.