What is Hand Therapy?


Hand Therapists are registered Physiotherapists or Occupational Therapists who have undertaken extensive training in the treatment of disorders of the hand and upper limb. Australian Hand Therapists are also members of the Australian Hand Therapy Association (AHTA) and have fulfilled the rigorous membership requirements.

Hand Therapists

- have detailed knowledge of anatomy of the hand & upper limb

- have specialised skills in assessment and treatment of upper extremity dysfunction

- experienced in wound care, dressings, scar management and desensitisation

Hand therapy involves the assessment and management of the hand and upper limb, and may require the fabrication of custom-made splints, application of casts, specific exercises and other techniques which aim to improve function and correct deformity.

Every hand is different, with different functional demands and this is understood by hand therapists to provide specific therapy suitable for each individual.

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