Many injuries such ligament tears and tendon problems cannot be identified on plain x-ray. Your hand therapist will perform clinical diagnostic tests to gain more information about your problem and in some instances may recommend further diagnostic imaging be arranged through your GP, to ensure appropriate treatment.
Hand Therapists at Bayside have extensive experience in treating traumatic injuries such as tendon lacerations, fractures and dislocations, diseases such as arthritis and Dupuytren’s contracture and overuse conditions including nerve compressions, tendinitis and trigger finger.
Hand therapy treatment may include:
Where appropriate a home exercise program is provided to ensure continued improvement between sessions, and encourage a client-centred active approach to therapy.
They are light weight and are usually removable to allow for wound checks, cleaning and where appropriate, specific exercises.
Splints are usually made to protect healing structures such as a broken bone, torn ligament or skin graft.
Splints may also be used to restore movement to stiff joints, and to support a painful joint to improve hand use in conditions such as arthritis.
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We have an understanding of surgical procedures so that we can tailor a post-operative treatment program appropriate to the surgery.
Recovering from upper limb surgery is enhanced at Bayside Hand Therapy because we-
We encourage a multidisciplinary approach and will liaise closely with your doctor and allied health team.
We incorporate many resources and processes developed by the Neuro Orthopaedic Institute, including Graded Motor Imagery, Mirror Therapy and the Recognise App. Our therapists are also trained in the use of InterX Neurostimulation, an effective, non-invasive and drug free treatment for pain.
Talk to your therapist to find out more.
Following hand surgery, scars may occasionally become thick, raised, abnormally sensitive or restrict movement. At Bayside Hand Therapy we have a variety of treatments for problem scars including silicone products, massage techniques, therapeutic ultrasound, taping, compression garments and desensitisation techniques.
Children may have difficulty mastering the mechanics of handwriting for a number of reasons including joint hypermobility, weakness, poor posture, late development of hand preference, perceptual problems, lack of fine motor control. The speed, legibility and quality of written work may suffer, and there may be excessive effort involved in writing at the expense of content. Secondary problems may include avoidance of written work, disruptive behaviour, reduced self-esteem, and effects on other areas of academic learning, such as spelling and story writing.
After evaluating your child’s handwriting we use a variety of techniques depending on what the cause of the problem is. Some examples of therapy treatments include.