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Hand Therapy

Our hand therapy specialist team takes great pride in their work and uses the most advanced techniques to improve the use of your hand, wrist and arm in a comfortable and caring environment.

What is hand therapy?

Hand therapy is the non-surgical management of hand disorders and injuries using physical methods such as exercise, splinting and wound care. Hand therapists also treat other upper limb disorders that affect hand function. Hand therapy has a crucial role in the recovery from injury of the hand or wrist, and in the recovery from hand surgical operations. Hand therapy is integrated into the hand surgery team

Hand therapists are either occupational therapists or physiotherapists with many years of extra training to specialize in this complex and vital part of the body. Hand therapy brings together techniques of occupational therapy (scar management, retraining, splinting, and advice on activities of daily living) and physiotherapy (joint mobilizations, stretching, active and resisted exercises and ultrasound). The hand therapist can assist with emotional and psychological support, as well as with restoration of hand function.

Here are some examples of when you might benefit from seeing one of our highly specialised hand therapists at the Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth’s Hand & Wrist Service:

Conditions we treat:

  • Fractures and joint injuries
  • Tendinopathies including tendonitis and tenosynovitis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome and other peripheral nerve injuries
  • Wrist conditions
  • Rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis
  • Dupuytren’s disease
  • Sports injuries to the upper limb
  • Work-related upper limb disorders ( RSI)
  • Focal hand dystonia (Musician’s focal dystonia)
  • Following surgery to your hand, wrist or arm

Hand Therapy services available:

  • Oedema and wound management
  • Exercise therapy and mobilisation techniques
  • Scar management
  • Ultrasound
  • Bespoke neoprene and thermoplastic splinting
  • Sensory re-education
  • Stretching and strengthening exercises
  • Functional retraining
  • Ergonomic and postural advice
  • Acupuncture

If you are unsure whether hand therapy may help your condition please contact us at physiotherapy@hje.org.uk.  One of our specialist hand therapists will be pleased to answer your questions and provide guidance about the potential for treatment.

Our team of hand therapists is registered with the HCPC, the governing body responsible for the licensing of allied health professionals.  We have a strong commitment to providing the best care for you, linking your treatment to the functional needs of your hand whether this is general household tasks, specific work activities, hobbies or high level sport/music.

To book an appointment pleases call 02078064010. You are welcome to refer yourself for hand therapy however, if you are claiming from a medical insurance policy, you may need to have a medical referral to us (from your GP or a consultant).

Clinic Times:

Monday 10am-6pm

Tuesday 4pm-7pm

Wednesday 10am-6pm.

Thursday 8am-5pm

Friday 8am-5pm

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Patient information

Our Hospital is renowned for providing exemplary levels of care across more than 90 services. From orthopaedics, to urology, our private GP practice and Urgent Care Clinic, our services are led by some of London’s leading Consultants. For more information, and to find a service suitable for your care, find out more about the services that we offer.

Make an enquiry

If you have any questions relating to treatment options or pricing information, get in touch with us by filling out one of our contact boxes or giving us a call on +44 207 806 4060.

Our Appointments Team have a dedicated and caring approach to finding you the earliest appointment possible with the best specialist.

If you are self-paying you don’t need a referral from your GP for a consultation. You can simply refer yourself* and book an appointment.

If you have health insurance (e.g. Bupa, Axa Health, Aviva), you will need to contact your insurer to get authorisation before any treatment, and in most cases you will also require a referral letter from your GP.

If you are not registered with a GP, we have an in-house private GP practice you can use. Alternatively, we can suggest the most appropriate course of action for you to take, given your location and individual circumstances.

*Please note – for investigations such as X-rays and MRIs, a referral will be required. However, we may be able to arrange this for you through our on-site private GP.

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