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The physiotherapists and occupational therapists at The Hand and Upper Limb Clinic specialize in hand therapy. According to the Hand Therapy Certification Commission, “hand therapy is the rehabilitation of the upper limb, including the hand, wrist, elbow, and shoulder”. This form of therapy merges together occupational and physiotherapy care and is a practice that combines the in-depth knowledge and the structure of the upper limb, with its function and activity capabilities.
Through these specialized skills by means of assessment, planning, and treatment, our hand therapists provide interventions to prevent potential dysfunction, restore previous functionality, and/or reverse the progression of the injury to the upper limb. It is our goal to enhance the ability of all of our patients to complete tasks and participate fully in activities of daily living.
For our post-operative surgical patients, we provide dressing changes, suture removal, light debridement, and home wound care kits for carpal tunnel release. Our therapists are trained in sterile technique to promote proper wound healing and reduce the risk of infection. Dressing changes and wound assessments are performed in our dedicated wound treatment room to provide privacy and focused wound care.
Splints are custom made in-house to suit the individual needs of our patients. Splints are created and applied at the discretion of our therapists in order to keep the injury body part in a protected position. Stabilizing the afflicted area assists in the healing process until strengthening exercises can begin.
Fully Equipped Gym
Our in-house gym is fully equipped with a variety of weights, machines and other exercise equipment to aid our patients in their recovery through strengthening and conditioning. Using the gym, our therapists will walk you through a variety of exercises and stretches throughout your rehabilitation as function gradually returns to your afflicted limb.
Telehealth is essentially any health care consult performed using communication technologies to close the physical gap between patient and health care professional. Consultations can be done over telephone or video call. During a consultation with one of our licensed professionals you will have the opportunity to obtain medical advice and ask questions remotely.
The Shoulder School is a program developed by local orthopedic surgeon Tracy Wilson, in collaboration with a small group of physical therapists and occupational therapists. Previously taught live in a classroom every second week, it has now transformed into a virtual education session for those undergoing shoulder surgery. Those who are booked for a surgical repair of their shoulder will now be able to have all their questions answered from the comfort of their own homes. Click here to read more about the Shoulder School.
Paraffin Wax therapy
Paraffin wax is a form of heat therapy and aids in increasing blood flow, decreasing joint stiffness, and helps to relax muscles. It can be used to reduce pain and loosen up your hand and finger joints before exercise. Paraffin wax can also be used to minimize muscle spasms, inflammation, and treat sprains.
At least 50% of our patients have had either a shoulder injury (rotator cuff tear, calcific tendonopathy, frozen shoulder, dislocation) or they have undergone shoulder surgery. We have therapists who have experience and specialized skills to help you with your recovery. We work closely with orthopedic surgeons in ensuring you have the best possible outcome from your procedure. Apart from co-developing the Shoulder School, setting out protocols for rehabilitation of shoulder injuries, and attending shoulder related conferences, we also are involved with the local Specialty Clinic for Upper Extremity Injuries as consultants.
Electrical Muscle Stimulation
Electrical stimulation is a type of passive physical therapy modality. It is used to assist with pain or limited functional mobility. It works by sending an electrical impulse into the muscle causing the affected muscle to contract. This contraction, in turn, assists the muscle to build strength.