Hand Therapy

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A Chance to See a True Specialist- In An Intricate Area

Hand Therapy is a highly specialised, life-changing treatment modality. It helps people recover & strengthen one of the most important parts of our bodies. 

 

In Ireland, there are only a few experts in this field. But, having a therapist devoted to the study and care of hands, provides the experience and knowledge needed to Make a Thorough, Long-Lasting Recovery

 

'Hand Therapists specialise through Postgraduate studies, continuous learning, and clinical practice.'

We are One of the Few Clinics in the Country to offer a dedicated practitioner, with years experience focusing specifically in this area, We Can Provide;

  • Custom-Made Orthoses/Splints

  • Advice on How to Prevent Future Injuries

  • Develop Understanding of Hand Ergonomics

Additionally, our Hand Specialist Can;

  • Formulate, or Enhance your Treatment Plan

  • Provide Occupational Therapeutic advice

  • & Individual Exercise Prescriptions

 

If you have a hand injury, or long term hand pain, this is your chance to see an expert in this field... 

Hand Therapy can help you with the following conditions (and more):

  • Finger and thumb sprains or dislocations

  • Rehabilitation following fractures

  • Mallet fingers

  • Trigger fingers

  • Instability issues

  • Nerve compression syndromes

  • Tendinopathies

  • Muscle strains

  • Hand pain

  • Tennis and golfer’s elbow

  • Stiff joints or reduced mobility

What Injuries/Conditions Are Treated By Hand Therapy?

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For Accurate Diagnosis & Effective Treatment 

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Why Choose Hand Therapy..?

Our hands are extremely important for most things we do, whether it is simple daily tasks like dressing yourself, eating or driving, work-related tasks (typing, swinging a hammer, etc.) and even recreational activities like your favourite sports and hobbies. The anatomy is also particularly intricate and delicate. So, when you have a condition involving your hands, it is recommended to see a special therapist who has specific knowledge and experience regarding this body part.

A Hand Therapist is trained to assess hand conditions, knows how the structures work in relation to each other and how movement and power are generated. Furthermore, since Hand Therapy is a unique mix of Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy, the therapist is able to prescribe exercise and analyse movement, but also make custom-made splints created out of thermoplastic and focuses on function.

Combining all this knowledge and clinical experience, a Hand Therapist can formulate and carry on a treatment plan that will help the patients regain the function, mobility and strength to be able to use their hands and return to the activities they need or want to do.

What should I expect from my appointment?

First of all, the therapists will go through a few questions to gain a clear understanding of your condition, symptoms, needs and any information regarding other treatments you may have tried in the past. This will be followed by a detailed examination of your hand to understand the nature of the problem and help decide on the treatment plan to follow.

Treatment will depend on the condition treated, but the therapist will be able to explain what modalities are needed and start treatment at your first appointment.

What type of treatments should I expect?

The type of treatment will depend on the type of condition presented. These are some common Hand Therapy interventions:

  • Splinting: if your hand needs protection and rest to prevent further injury and allow healing, the Hand Therapist will discuss what the most appropriate splint for you will be the therapist is be able to fabricate a custom-made splint out of thermoplastic material. This brace is moulded to your hand to guarantee maximum comfort and good hand function. You will also be instructed on how/how much you need to wear your splint and how to take care of it.

 

  • Manual Therapy techniques: these modalities are designed to help improve circulation, tissue length and overall mobility. It is important to have mobility in order to function and use your hand. Some manual therapy techniques can also be used to help improve scarring and adhesions, which can sometimes prevent movement.

 

  • Oedema management: If you are experiencing swelling, your therapist can utilise various treatments in order to reduce the puffiness. This can include gentle massage, kinesio taping and the use of compression bandages or garments.

 

  • Exercise prescription: exercise is another important part of Hand Therapy and can be used to improve mobility, strength or function. The Hand Therapist will choose exercises depending on various factors, including your condition and needs, tolerance and pain level. Exercises are also tailored on relevant activities for you such as tasks that may be needed for your occupation or a specific sport or hobby you love.  

 

  • Sensory retraining and desensitisation: when your condition involves nerves, you might experience numbness or tingling in your hand. Your therapist may use these techniques to “retrain” your nerves and normalise sensation.

 

  • Functional advice and education: after assessing your hand’s current movement and abilities, the treatment plan is tailored to your condition and what tasks you need or want to go back to. Throughout your treatment journey, you will be advised and educated on how to use your limb more efficiently and safely or adjust if full function is not achievable due to the healing stage or the severity of the condition.

TESTIMONIALS

I went here following learning an important lesson in life that a 34yr old man should not go to a trampoline park! I've been in a lot of pain and nothing was working. A lovely physio called Gill soon went to work on my back and finished the session with some needling and after just 1 session I felt like a new man. Great service and given with a smile and really relaxing environment. Very much looking forward to my next session.

Steven