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Hand therapist

Hand therapists are Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered occupational therapists or physiotherapists who have done further training to specialise in treating conditions affecting the hands, arms and shoulders. The aim of hand therapy is to get your hand working as well as possible following injury, disease or deformity affecting the upper limb.

Hand therapists can identify and assess difficulties associated with ongoing pain that affect the hand and arm. Rehabilitation involves advice on:

  • exercise
  • preventative care
  • aids to daily living
  • work-based activities.

Hand therapists often work alongside orthopaedic surgeons to plan and implement treatment after hand or arm surgery in order to aid recovery.


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