Customised splinting and provision of supports
Bespoke Splints are made from thermoplastic material and each one is customised specifically for each individual patient depending on their needs.
Splints are made to:
- allow joints to rest and heal
- avoid or correct deformity
- immobilise joints
- increase your range of motion
- protect healing wounds
- protect your hand or wrist during exercise or repetitive movements
Exercise therapy and mobilisation techniques
For full and pain-free movement your joints need to move freely in all directions that they were designed to. If they become locked or restricted in any particular direction, you may experience pain and/or stiffness. Exercise therapy and Joint mobilisation techniques focus on attaining a normal range of pain-free joint motion.
Scars are formed as part of the normal healing process following injury, surgery or burns. While scars are maturing it is important that the scar is assisted in healing in the most appropriate way. Firm scar massage is necessary to realign collagen fibres that are laid down in a randomised rather than organised manner. Scars can stick to underlying tissues and therefore early management is important.
Swelling post surgery or injury is a natural response but it can also be part of a symptom of a chronic condition.
Joint protection and energy conservation techniques
Joints that have been weakened by arthritis are at risk of being damaged by stress and strain
Joint protection principles are a series of techniques which can be included into all activities. This will reduce the stress on your joints.
Sports injuries to the wrist and hand require expert hand therapy.
Midlands Hand therapy has treated patients at all levels of sport. We understand that you want to get back to your sport as soon as possible. So, we find you the right balance between allowing your injury to heal, and minimising your time out of the game. This balanced treatment is important for all injuries that impact your ability to play sport
Post operative care
Patients may be referred following trauma or elective hand surgery including:
Joint replacements and fusions
Peripheral Nerve Repair
Tendon repairs and transfers
Treatment of chronic conditions
Patients may develop hand problems from degenerative changes, congenital abnormalities or from injury whereby hand therapy may prevent surgical intervention:
• Pain Syndromes
• Nerve compression syndromes (e.g., Carpal Tunnel Syndrome)
• Scarring (e.g., Keloid or Hypertrophic scars)
• Joint stiffness or contractures
• Ligament injury
• Hypermobility conditions