What is hand therapy?

There are 28 bones, 29 joints and at least 123 ligaments in the human hand, 34 muscles which move the fingers and thumb, 17 of which are located in the palm and 17 in the forearm. That is a lot of structures in a small area. Our hand therapists accurately assess which structure is causing you discomfort and assist in improving your function or reducing your pain and referring on if needed.

Hand Therapists are registered Physiotherapists or Occupational Therapists who through continuing education, clinical experience and independent study have specialised in the treatment of upper extremity conditions.


Services we offer

Hand Therapy Services

  • Comprehensive hand/wrist/elbow and shoulder assessment

  • Custom made thermoplastic splinting

  • Custom made soft splinting

  • Casting

  • Wound care

  • Scar and oedema management

  • Desensitisation of scars and skin

  • Exercise prescription and rehabilitation programs

  • Upper limb pain management

  • Education regarding your condition and ways to assist you to recover

Splinting/Orthosis and Bracing

A Splint/Orthosis can be used to:

  • Protect healing tissues and structures such as tendon or nerve injuries and fractures

  • Increase function by supporting a painful structure

  • Mobilise a stiff joint

  • Stretch scar tissue

  • Rest inflamed structure



Do I need a referral?

No, you do not need a referral to make an appointment or to claim from your private health fund.
However a referral is needed if you are making a WorkCover claim, Department of Veterans Affair claim or it is part of an Enhanced Primary Care Plan.

Can I claim from my Health Fund?

Yes, you can claim through the HICAPS system for your appointment if your health fund covers physiotherapy. However, you will have to make a manual claim for any splints or braces that you may receive as part of your management. We will provide you with a letter to submit with this manual claim.

What do I need to bring?

If you have had any investigations performed relating to your current condition, bring these to the appointment to allow us to gain a better understanding of how best to tailor your treatment.

What if I need to cancel?

Please provide 24 hours notice by email or text.


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