Conditions Hand Therapy Is Ideal For


11 Jan Conditions Hand Therapy Is Ideal For

What is Hand Therapy?

Have you been referred to a hand therapist for an injury or medical condition? If you’re unsure as to what hand therapy is, let the team at Action Rehab break it down.

Hand therapy is a poor name for our profession because we do not focus solely on the hand.  We treat the whole arm including the shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand. Our Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists have completed post-graduate courses and on the job training that makes us experts in the care of the whole arm from shoulder to fingertip.  Hand Therapy is designed to help patients regain maximum movement and use of their shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand after injury, surgery, or diagnosis of a medical condition. Hand Therapy at Action Rehab means you will receive expert care.

Why wouldn’t I just see my local Physiotherapist? Why is Hand Physiotherapy different?

The shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand are really complex.  Would you see a Physiotherapist or Osteopath or Chiropractor for your foot?  Often not. You understand that Podiatrists experts on feet. Well, hand therapists are experts when treating the shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand. At Action Rehab our therapists are the experts in the care of shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand injuries. Our team of Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists only treat upper limb conditions. Along with our undergraduate degree, we undertake further specialist training in upper limb management. We have a good working relationship with local Physiotherapists, Chiropractors and Osteopaths and many refer to us for hand injuries so if you would like us to talk to your local therapist then please let us know. It might also be worth asking your local therapist if a referral to Action Rehab would assist your recovery further? Remember when it comes to your shoulder/elbow/wrist or hand, your outcome is our passion! 


What kind of conditions is hand therapy ideal for?


Typically sustained through some type of trauma, finger fractures can cause a significant amount of pain. These can occur in sport, at work, or through day to day incidents. If you think you’ve fractured your arm, wrist, hand, finger or thumb, make an appointment with the appropriate medical professional immediately. Common fractures that benefit from early therapy include: 

Scaphoid Fracture

Distal Radius (Colles Fracture)

Greenstick or Paediatric Fracture

Finger Fracture

Metacarpal Fracture



There are two main types of arthritis – osteoarthritis and rheumatoid. With osteoarthritis, the cartilage that forms a protective barrier between your joints starts to wear down, resulting in uncomfortable friction. Rheumatoid arthritis differs in that it is an autoimmune disease when your body starts to attack the lining of the joints. Common treatable arthritic conditions include: 

Carpometacarpal Osteoaritis (CMC OA) 

Distal Joint arthritis

Distal Radio Ulnar Joint arthritis 



Another likely result of sports or workplace misadventures, this injury occurs when your shoulder, elbow, finger or thumb is knocked out of its joint. This causes the ligament to tear. Symptoms you may experience are swelling, deformity at the joint, pain that is exacerbated by movement, and a limited range of movement. Common dislocations include:

Shoulder Dislocation

Finger dislocation

Elbow dislocation


Tendon Rupture

When a tendon ruptures, the finger is unable to be fully straightened or fully bent. There is typically some pain and bruising of the finger joints. This often requires an X-Rays or Ultrasound to properly diagnose and could require surgery if the injury is severe. If left untreated, permanent deformity may occur. Our therapists are experienced in diagnosing these injuries and can send you for X-rays and Ultrasounds if you haven’t already had one. Common tendon ruptures include:

Mallet Finger

Central Slip Rupture

Jersey Finger (AFL football injury)

Rotator Cuff Tear


Ligament Injury

People often experience shoulder, elbow or wrist pain while performing their leisure activities such as weights in the gym, yoga, pilates etc.  If this pain is persistent then most likely there is a ligament injury and it may need to be assessed and treated by the Hand Therapist. Our team are experienced in diagnosing common ligament injuries in the shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand and often the treatment is as simple as exercises or a small functional brace.  Common ligament injuries include:

Skiers Thumb

Scapholunate ligament Injury

Volar Plate 

Collateral Ligament Injury


Repetitive Strain Injuries

Repetitive sports injuries or work-related injuries are common causes of shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand pain.  These are often chronic and can be poorly treated by many inexperienced health professionals. If you suffer from one of these conditions then the sooner you seek expert hand therapy care then the sooner you improve.  We see a lot of people who have been seeking alternative treatment, not improving and then they see our team. Common repetitive injuries include:

Tennis Elbow

Golfers Elbow

De Quervain’s



Do I need a referral?

At Action Rehab, you don’t require a referral to visit one of our experienced hand therapists. Simply call our friendly team and we’ll book you in for your initial consultation.

Hand therapy at Action Rehab

We have been offering hand therapy treatment to clients that have been working with clients across Melbourne for many years, providing exceptional care and treatment.

To make an appointment at a clinic near you, call us on 1300 762 227 or use our online booking system.