What is Hand Therapy Awareness Week?
Hand Therapy Week is an integrated national program supported by the Australian Hand Therapy Association.
Hand therapy awareness week bring forward the advantages of prevention and treatment procedures for patients who have been affected by an accident or trauma as well as other non-acute conditions.
Effects of Injury / Operation
Following an upper limb injury or surgery, many changes take place in this limb. Tissue damage, bleeding and chemicals are released by cells and can cause swelling and pain. The swelling is in part an attempt by the body to heal itself.
The changes taking place deliver substances to the tissue required to heal. Many of the responses from the body to the injury are beneficial. However, other effects of the body’s response are counterproductive in the hand and particular care is required to reduce these effects.
Swelling causes stiffness due to the contracture of ligaments and the glueing together of tissues that are meant to glide over each other.
It is easier to prevent problems associated with swelling by early treatment and prevention, rather than treating the resulting stiffness later. Swelling can be reduced with the use of slings and specially designed compression devices. The upper limb may be splinted in a position intended to prevent ligament contracture. Therapy will be used to enhance motion and function in a carefully controlled manner.
Fractures and Splints
Following bone fractures or injuries of some tendons or ligaments, the upper limb may require special splint for some days or weeks. This splint is critical to getting the best result for your upper limb. It is important to take Mr Jarrett’s and your hand therapist’s advice.
Dressings and Wound Care
Some wounds will require extensive and frequent dressings, while others will need minimal care. Please speak to our staff if you have questions and do keep in mind that we are here to support you and guide your wound care treatment.
Want to find out more?
Our therapist work in conjunction with Mr Jarrett to deliver care to our patients both pre and post operatively as well as taking care of those patients who do not require surgical intervention. The therapists have many years experience in hand and upper limb conditions and injuries.
If you would like more information on Hand Therapy please contact our rooms on 1300 527 738 or click here to email us.
You might also like to visit the website for Hands & All who are our onsite Hand Therapists for more information.