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Hand Therapy Team

Hand Therapy Team

We have a multidisciplinary hand team consisting of hand surgeons, hand specialist nurse, occupational therapists, physiotherapists and therapy assistants.

Our hand therapists provide assessment, triage, investigation and specialist treatment of wrist and hand conditions. We provide early hand therapy input to acute traumatic wrist and hand injuries.

Our hand unit is based mainly our Broadgreen site with a smaller service offered at the Royal Liverpool.

Our senior hand therapists/advanced practitioners work as first contact practitioners in wrist and hand fracture clinic, consultant wrist and hand clinic, lead MCAS clinics and therapy lead post-op clinics. We ensure our service is evidence based.

We have a special interest in acute Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) and its reduction. In conjunction with the trauma team we have contributed to national guidelines and developed a European App in collaboration with colleagues at the Walton Centre to assist therapists in diagnosis and treatment of this condition.

Working with colleagues, staff from the hand therapy team present both nationally and internationally at conferences and have published articles on several topics.

What is hand therapy?

Hand therapy treatment may involve:

  • Advice and education on self-management of long term condition
  • Splinting & taping of the hand and upper limb
  • Exercise and functional rehabilitation
  • Activity assessment and joint protection advice
  • Joint mobilisations
  • Swelling management
  • Scar management
  • Desensitisation and sensory re-education programmes
  • Pain management

We treat a mixture of hand and wrist trauma and elective surgery conditions. Our surgeons have special interests in wrist instability, scaphoid non-union, joint arthroplasty including wrist and CMC joint thumb and plastic surgery.

Other conditions we may treat

Some other conditions we may treat:

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