Acute Trauma & Sport Injuries
FRACTURES occur as a result of direct trauma, such as a fall on the hand or when the hand strikes an object. If a fracture is suspected, an X-Ray will be taken. A splint or plaster is usually required to protect fractures. Hand therapy ensures the healing fracture is protected and safe movement is continued to prevent swelling and stiffness. Your Hand therapist will guide your return to normal activity and provide appropriate exercises for movement and strength.
LIGAMENT SPRAINS in the hand and wrist are common. Ligaments in the wrist are highly susceptible to injury and are often injured in sports such as rugby and netball. Injury can be due to overstretching or secondary to a joint dislocation. It is important to support an injured ligament to allow it to heal; options range from simple strapping to the use of custom made splints. Some ligament injuries need specific imaging or a surgical opinion to determine the best approach to management. Hand therapy aims to ensure a strong and stable joint after injury.
MUSCLE STRAINS can result in inflammation, pain and the reduced ability to use the hand. Your hand therapist will assess the extent of the injury and develop a plan to help return you to your normal level of activity. This may involve the use of a soft support to rest the muscle for a short period of time and a specific reconditioning program to regain strength and flexibility.