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Physiotherapy Management of Wrist and Hand Injuries

Physiotherapy Professionals Parramatta 12 Ada Street Harris Park NSW 2150
Physiotherapy Professionals Parramatta 12 Ada Street Harris Park NSW 2150

Physiotherapy Management of Wrist and Hand Injuries

Physiotherapy plays a vital role in the management of wrist and hand injuries, helping to reduce pain, improve mobility, restore function, and promote healing. The specific physiotherapy management will depend on the nature and severity of the injury, but here are some common approaches:

  1. Assessment and Diagnosis: A physiotherapist will assess the injury to determine its extent and identify any associated impairments or limitations. This may involve evaluating range of motion, strength, sensation, and functional abilities of the wrist and hand.
  2. Pain Management: Physiotherapists can employ various techniques to manage pain, such as manual therapy, soft tissue mobilization, electrical modalities (e.g., TENS), or heat and cold therapy.
  3. Range of Motion Exercises: Controlled, gentle exercises may be prescribed to improve or maintain the range of motion of the wrist and hand joints. These exercises help prevent stiffness and maintain flexibility.
  4. Strengthening Exercises: Specific exercises will be prescribed to strengthen the muscles of the hand and wrist. This can include exercises using resistance bands, therapy putty, or specialized equipment to target grip strength, finger dexterity, and overall hand function.
  5. Mobilization and Manual Therapy: Techniques such as joint mobilization or manipulation may be used to improve joint mobility, release adhesions, and restore normal movement patterns.
  6. Hand and Finger Exercises: Physiotherapists may prescribe hand and finger exercises to improve dexterity, coordination, and fine motor skills. These exercises often involve activities like manipulating objects, gripping exercises, or finger tapping exercises.
  7. Splinting: In some cases, a physiotherapist may provide custom or off-the-shelf splints or braces to support and protect the injured wrist or hand. Splinting can help reduce pain, stabilize the joint, and promote healing.
  8. Functional Training: Physiotherapists focus on restoring functional abilities required for daily activities and work tasks. They may incorporate specific activities or simulate work-related tasks to enhance hand and wrist function.
  9. Education and Ergonomic Advice: Physiotherapists provide education on injury management, activity modification, ergonomic principles, and strategies to prevent future injuries. They may provide guidance on proper posture, workstation setup, and techniques to protect the wrist and hand during daily activities.
  10. Home Exercise Program: Physiotherapists design personalized home exercise programs to ensure continuity of care and ongoing rehabilitation. Patients are provided with instructions on performing exercises at home and self-management strategies to support recovery.

It’s important to consult with a qualified physiotherapist who can assess your specific wrist and hand injury, provide an accurate diagnosis, and develop an individualized treatment plan. They will monitor your progress, make adjustments as necessary, and guide you through the rehabilitation process.

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Do you need assistance with your Physiotherapy treatment? Experienced team of Physiotherapists with essential knowledge. You can call us anytime to have a confidential discussion with our expert Physiotherapists. For more information on how we can further assist you, please call our clinic number on 0479 080 800  or send us an email on [email protected] for further details. Our Physiotherapists are Medicare, NDIS, and Work Cover approved, specialising in injury management and rehabilitation to get you back on track.

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