Physiotherapy services

What is Hand Therapy?

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 treatment techniques are used to achieve these goals. Hand therapists are qualified physiotherapists or occupational therapists who have undergone additional training in the management of upper limb conditions.


What sort of conditions do hand therapists treat?

Hand therapist’s treat a wide variety of upper limb conditions from acute, traumatic sports injuries to overuse and work-related conditions. Some common upper limb injuries we treat include:

  • Fractures and dislocations
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Tendinitis
  • De Quervain’s tenosynovitis
  • Arthritis
  • Carpal tunnel Syndrome
  • Tennis elbow
  • Trigger finger
  • Dupytren’s contracture
  • Hypertrophic and keloid scars


What services does a hand therapist provide?

  • Assessment of the upper limb
  • Thermoplastic custom splinting and orthotics
  • Exercise programs to assist with return of movement, strength and function
  • Massage and dry needling
  • Wound care
  • Post-operative management
  • Scar management


Do I need a referral for hand therapy?

No, you do not need a referral to see a hand therapist.

At Action Rehab, we also run an Urgent Care Clinic for people who have sustained an acute injury such as a closed fracture, break or dislocation of their finger, thumb, wrist, elbow and shoulder. We can organise an urgent appointment to see one of our hand therapists on the day, refer you for an xray as appropriate and provide a full assessment and treatment including splinting. We work closely with upper limb surgeons and can help triage you to the best surgeon (if indicated) to be able to treat your condition in a timely manner.


Please do not hesitate to ring and book in for an appointment to treat your hand or arm today.


Vanessa Cheung

Certified Hand Therapist

B.App.Sci Physiotherapy (Hons)


P: 1300 76 22 27

F: 1300 76 63 13




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