Mr Jarrett works with hand therapists and physiotherapists from a large number of locations; therefore it is advisable to continue with your established therapist unless there is a particular reason to change providers.

 

If you do not already have a therapist, the clinic has hand therapists and a physiotherapist who work directly from our rooms. For shoulder surgery, it is useful to see Mr Jarrett’s physiotherapist once prior to surgery and a small number of times after surgery before returning your physiotherapy care to your existing physiotherapist. In some complex cases, Mr Jarrett may ask an on-site hand therapist, all of whom are senior and experienced, to provide ongoing care advice to your therapist.

 

We have an on-site therapy practice called HANDS & ALL to ensure top quality therapy, optimal communication and convenient service at a good price. Mr Jarrett has a financial interest in the therapists in HANDS & ALL, however, he is happy to refer you to any good hand therapy group if that is your reference.

To contact the Therapists at Hands & All

Call 1800 HANDALL or 1800 426 325

Email: therapist@handsandall.com

HAND POST-INJURY / POST-OPERATIVE CARE

Your Hand

 

Your hand is a delicate and finely crafted body part, designed to perform many critical functions within your life. Trauma can injure your hand causing reduced hand function and pain. It is important to ensure the best form of medical care is undertaken, and that post-injury or post-operative care by yourself and therapists is carried out effectively. Remember that an elective operation is also perceived by your hand as an injury, and the same care required of an injured hand will be necessary.

 

Effects of Injury / Operation

 

Following a hand injury or surgery, many changes take place in the hand. 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 in the hand deliver substances to the tissue required to heal, and 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 in the hand 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 hand may be splinted in a position intended to prevent ligament contracture, and therapy will be used to enhance motion and function in a carefully controlled manner.

 

Following bone fractures or injuries of some tendons or ligaments, the hand may require special splint for some days or weeks. This splint is critical to getting the best result for your hand, and it is important to take Mr Jarrett’s and your hand therapist’s advice.

 

Some wounds will require extensive and frequent dressings, while others will need minimal care. Please speak to our staff if you have questions, or consult this booklet, and do keep in mind that we are here to support you and guide your wound care treatment.