What is Hand Therapy?
Hand Therapy is the art and science of rehabilitation of the upper limb – shoulder to hand.
It involves evaluation and testing to assess the injured limb from which a focused treatment program can be designed.
What is an Accredited Hand Therapist?
An Accredited Hand Therapist (AHT) is a qualified and registered Occupational Therapist or Physiotherapist.
Through further education, clinical experience and independent study they have become proficient in the treatment of upper limb conditions resulting from injury, disease, or deformity.
An AHT is a full member of the Australian Hand Therapy Association, and is an expert you can trust to treat your hand, wrist, or arm condition.
When should I see an Accredited Hand Therapist?
AHT”s are skilled in managing simple hand fractures, over-use injuries and tendinopathies to the wrist or elbow, or nerve injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome.
They can make custom splints to protect an arthritic thumb, or for someone wanting to return to sport after a finger dislocation.
They can also diagnose and treat wrist pain after a fall or an accident.
If you have had surgery to your upper limb, then an AHT can develop the most appropriate rehabilitation program.