At Action Rehab, our team of experienced hand therapists is dedicated to providing comprehensive care and treatment for a wide range of hand conditions and injuries. From fractures and arthritis to tendon injuries and sprained fingers, we are here to help you regain maximum movement and alleviate pain. With our skilled therapists, advanced techniques, and collaborative approach, we strive to offer the best possible care for your hands and upper extremities.
What is Hand Therapy and Who are Hand Therapists?
Hand Therapy is a specialized field that focuses on assessing, diagnosing, treating, and rehabilitating injuries and conditions in the entire upper extremity, from the shoulders to the fingertips. Hand therapists, also known as Hand Therapy Practitioners, have degrees in physiotherapy or occupational therapy. They undergo additional on-the-job training and are often registered with professional associations like the Australian Hand Therapy Association. Working closely with hand surgeons, GPs, and rehabilitation consultants, hand therapists ensure that you receive comprehensive and effective care.
Common Hand Conditions and Symptoms:
Understanding the symptoms of common hand injuries is crucial for accurate diagnosis and treatment. If you are experiencing pain, discomfort, or limited mobility in your upper extremities, it's essential to seek medical attention promptly. Here are some common hand conditions and their associated symptoms:
- Sprained or Fractured Fingers: Throbbing pain, swelling, and possible disfiguration or misalignment of the affected finger.
- Metacarpal Fractures: Swelling, loss of motion, and immediate pain when attempting to form a fist.
- Thumb Arthritis - Carpometacarpal Osteoarthritis: Severe pain, swelling, decreased strength, and limited range of motion, particularly in thumb movements.
- Finger Arthritis: Swollen or deformed fingers or hands, accompanied by stiffness, burning, or aching sensations.
- Finger Dislocation - Volar Plate: Sudden pain and loss of movement in the middle joint, often accompanied by a popping or cracking sound.
- Trigger Finger: Stiffness in the morning, clicking sound when moving the affected finger, or the finger locking in a bent position.
- Mallet Finger: Droopy fingertip, swelling, and inability to extend the finger without assistance.
- Central Slip Injury - Boutonnière Deformity: Soreness around the back of the knuckle, difficulty straightening the finger from the middle knuckle, with the finger sitting in a bent position.
- Tendon Injury - Jersey Finger: Swelling, bruising, and pain in the fingertip, with an inability to bend the injured finger at the tip towards the palm.
- Skiers Thumb - Ulnar Collateral Ligament (UCL): Pain, loss of sensation, and swelling along the base of the thumb, often caused by skiing or sports-related activities.
- De Quervain's Tenosynovitis: Pain, tenderness, swelling at the base of the thumb, and possible numbness in the thumb and index finger.
Treatment Options and Personalised Care:
At Action Rehab, we offer a range of treatment options tailored to the specific needs of each patient. Our hand therapists have completed post-graduate courses and practical training, equipping them with the expertise to provide expert care from shoulder to fingertip. We collaborate closely with you, hand surgeons, and other healthcare professionals to develop personalized treatment plans that promote healing and restore optimal strength and functionality.
Why Choose Action Rehab for Hand Therapy?
Choosing the right clinic for hand therapy is essential. At Action Rehab, we have been serving the community of Melbourne for many years, consistently providing exceptional care and treatment. We pride ourselves on our patient-centered approach and our commitment to helping you achieve the best possible outcome. As part of our dedication to your well-being, we offer a free second opinion consultation with our senior therapist. This consultation allows you to discuss your concerns, receive a tailored treatment plan, and explore the available options. While our ongoing care is charged according to our current rates, clients covered by Worksafe and TAC insurance will not personally incur charges for consultations.
Schedule an Appointment
If you're experiencing hand pain or have a hand injury, don't hesitate to reach out to our friendly hand therapists. To make an appointment at one of our convenient locations in Melbourne, call us on 1300 762 227 or use our user-friendly online booking system. Take the proactive step towards regaining strength, mobility, and comfort in your hands with Action Rehab.