Some of the Upper Limb Conditions Treated


Trauma and Scars 

  • Sports injuries, dislocations, sprains, tendon ruptures

  • Crush Injuries

  • Amputations

  • Lacerations

  • Tendon lacerations

  • Nerve issues

  • Burns which cross joints

  • Sprains and strains

  • Finger, hand, wrist and elbow fractures

  • Fractures with stiffness (eg, wrist fractures with stiff hand)

  • Hypertrophic scars

  • Complex and simple wounds


Hand Therapy intervention-

  • Education including home exercise programs

  • Custom splinting 

  • Sport splinting to keep playing

  • Oedema control

  • Range of motion stretches/exercises

  • Scar/wound management

  • Functional retraining

  • Adaptive equipment as needed

  • Nerve re-education

  • Custom splinting-including dynamic, static-progressive and static splinting

  • Modalities, such as US and iontophoresis if indicated.

  • Dry Needling


  • 1st CMC OA pain  (base of thumb)

  • Joint stiffness and weakness

  • Pain

  • Deformity 


Hand Therapy interventions-

  • Education

  • Splinting for increased support, reduce pain and increase function

  • Joint protection techniques

  • Exercises to maintain or gain motion

  • Prevent contractures particularly of intrinsic hand muscles

  • Prevent functional loss and deformity

  • Adaptive equipment to increase independent functioning



Painful Conditions of the Upper Limbs

  • Tendonosis

  • DeQuervains tenosynovitis

  • Intersection syndrome

  • Wrist tendonosis both flexors and extensors

  • Trigger finger/thumb

  • Epicondylosis Lateral and Medial (Tennis and golfers elbow)


Nerve Compression Syndromes

  • Carpal Tunnel syndrome

  • Radial Tunnel syndrome

  • Ulnar nerve compression in hand or elbow

  • Superficial Radial Nerve

  • Rule out Thoracic Outlet Syndrome Cervical radiculopathy

  • Upper extremity fractures with nerve involvement


Hand, wrist or arm pain of unclear origin and Hand Writing issues

For evaluation, opinion and treatment

Hand Therapy Interventions-

  • Thorough evaluation of work and leisure practices and habits to identify causation and assist patient to change practices to prevent continued irritation and future problems

  • Splinting, taping, or other methods of providing rest

  • Modalities to decrease pain and oedema and promote healing

  • Graded home exercise program including stretching and strengthening

  • Close liaison with work environment, return to work specialists, employer if needed, and GP’s to ensure successful return to work or activity

  • Neural gliding exercises and other stretches to facilitate healing and prevent re-occurrence

Restore Hand Therapy

Opening day for Restore Hand Therapy is the 30th of April 2018.  We are excited to be operating from new rooms at Restore Allied Health 10 Errard St nth in Central Ballarat. The team of hand therapists have provided exceptional Occupational Therapy Services to Ballarat and surrounds from different locations for the past 14 years and are dedicated to the treatment of the hand, wrist and upper extremity.

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 specific treatment program can be designed. A variety of specialised treatment techniques are used to achieve these goals.

What is a Practitioner of Hand Therapy?

Registered Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists who, through further education, clinical experience and independent study have become proficient in the treatment of upper limb conditions resulting from injury, disease or deformity.

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