Hand Therapy Practices at Surrey Sports & Rehabilitation

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About Hand Therapy

Hand therapy in Surrey combines the theory and practice of both occupational therapy and physical therapy for comprehensive knowledge of the upper quarter, body function and activity. Hand therapists use specialized skills to assess and treat diseases or injuries of the upper quarter (hand, wrist, elbow, shoulder girdle, cervical area or multiple joints). In addition, hand therapists work with clients to prevent dysfunction, restore function and/or reverse pathological progression to improve quality of life. This also includes wound therapy and prosthesis management.

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Who Are Hand Therapists?

Hand therapists are licensed or registered physical therapists or occupational therapists who have become skilled in the assessment and treatment of pathological upper quarter conditions by means of advanced continuing education, clinical experience and independent study. A Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) is an occupational therapist or physical therapist who has met the standards established by the Hand Therapy Certification Commission, Inc.

Scope of Practice, Treatment Techniques and Tools

The scope of hand therapy practice may involve one or more of the domains listed below. Domains outline the key areas of responsibility in hand therapy practice. The first three domains listed below involve assessment and treatment of clients with hand injuries:

  • Surface Anatomy

  • Anatomy and Physiology of the Skin/Connective, Muscular, Skeletal, Nervous and Vascular/Lymphatic Systems

  • Wound Healing

  • Behavioural Science, and Psychological Reactions to Impairment

  • Kinesiology and Biomechanics

  • Posture and Pathomechanics

  • Etiology and Pathology of Medical Conditions

  • Surgical and Medical Treatment of Conditions

  • Assessment Tools

  • Treatment Rationale, Indications and Contraindications

  • Treatment Methods, Techniques and Tools

  • Expected Functional Outcomes of Treatment

  • Expected Physiological and Psychological Effects of Treatment Procedures

  • Professional Codes of Ethics

  • Safe and Appropriate Use and Maintenance of Equipment and Assistive Devices

  • Safety Techniques and Procedures (e.g., Infection Control, Emergency Procedures)

Hand Therapists will assess and treat individuals diagnosed with many hand and upper quarter conditions. These may include but are not limited to:

  • Amputations

  • Central Nervous System Disorders As They Relate to the Upper Quarter

  • Congenital Differences/Anomalies

  • Cumulative Trauma Disorders/Repetitive Stress Injuries

  • Dupuytren’s Contracture

  • Flexor/Extensor Tendon Injuries

  • Fractures/Dislocations/Joint Instabilities

  • Infections

  • Inflammatory and Degenerative Arthritis

  • Multiple System Trauma

  • Pain-Related Symptoms

  • Peripheral Nerve Compressions, Injuries and Disease

  • Post-Mastectomy/Post-Radiation Lymphedema

  • Psychogenic Disorders Involving the Upper Quarter

  • Soft Tissue Injuries

  • Burns

  • Tumours and Cysts

  • Vascular Disorders

Patients may be referred to a hand therapist following a variety of medical or surgical interventions including:

  • Amputation Revision

  • Fracture Fixation/Bone Graft

  • Joint Synovectomy

  • Nerve Decompression

  • Scar Revisions

  • Tendon Transfer

  • Tissue Transfers

  • Arthroplasty

  • Ganglion Removal

  • Ligament Repair

  • Nerve Grafts/Nerve Repairs

  • Skin Grafts/Flaps

  • Nail Bed Repair

  • Neurolysis

  • Soft Tissue Releases

  • Tenosynovectomy

  • Joint Reconstruction

  • Joint Releases

  • Nerve Block/Sympathectomies

  • Replantation/Re-Vascularization

  • Tendon Grafts/Tendon Repairs

  • Use of Pharmaceutical Agents

  • Injections

Contact Us Today

For more information about our hand therapy in Surrey, get in touch with us.

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Surrey Sports Physio

Surrey Sports Physio
112-13710 94A Ave
Surrey, BC V3V 1N1

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 604-581-1911

 604-581-2144

 contact@surreyphysiotherapy.com

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Monday – Friday: 7:00 AM – 6:30 PM
Saturday: 7:30 AM – 1:00 PM

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