Hand Therapy is a specialised field of rehabilitation which is delivered by either qualified Occupational Therapists or Physiotherapists. They have undertaken advanced training in this specialised field.
Denise, our hand therapist qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 1985. She subsequently obtained a BSc(Hons) degree in Healthcare and Welfare (Biomechanics, physiology and development and re-education of human movement) in 1992. She is a member of The British Association of Hand Therapists (BAHT), Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT) and is registered with the Healthcare Professions Council (HCPC).
Since 1987 she has specialised in treating hand conditions: trauma, including fractures, tendon, ligament and nerve injury, acquired problems such as tendonitis, arthritic and congenital hand conditions. She has worked in a number of different NHS Hospitals and has set up the service to hand therapy in two. She presently works in the NHS in a very busy regional Hand Unit.
She is available to treat and advise on any hand problem including post-surgery and provide rehabilitation for any functional problem.
She is able to provide specific exercises to improve range of movement and strength, custom made splints, advice on scar management and sensory re-education.
As an Occupational Therapist, she is also able to provide relaxation teaching for stress management which is often necessary when dealing with major hand trauma.
She is able to advise on correct writing posture for children who have mechanical or congenital hand problems.
Initially she will provide a full assessment of your hand problem and advise on a treatment plan.