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Specialist Hand Therapy Clinics

 

About Emma, Clinical Hand Therapy Specialist

 

Emma qualified as a physiotherapist from the University of Brighton in 2006. She began to work as a junior physiotherapist gaining experience in orthopaedic, care of the elderly and general musculoskeletal out-patients

 

Emma then specialised in hand therapy whilst working at Chesterfield Royal Hospital on a part-time basis, and then joined the Pulvertaft Hand Unit at Derby in 2008.   She has recently developed a hand clinic at Central Health in order to give patients the flexibility to be treated in the local community

 

Emma has highly specialised skills in the treatment of  hand conditions and injuries.   She can provide all aspects of hand therapy including exercise prescription and splint fabrication along with many other treatment modalities to enable you to re-gain the use of the greatest tools we own – our hands !!

 

We can land men on the moon, but, for all our mechanical and electronic wizardry, we cannot reproduce an artificial fore-finger that can feel as well as beckon. John Napier

 

Why is hand Therapy so important ?

There are 29 bones, 34 muscles, 123 named ligaments and 3 and main nerves that make up the hand and wrist.  It is one of the most complex areas in the human body.  Hand injuries make up around 1/3 of all injuries that are seen in A&E.  Our hand are vital to our everyday life and function.  Without our hands we wouldn’t be able to manipulate objects, write, perform work related tasks, care for ourselves or take part in hobbies.  It is therefore incredibly important that we keep our hands flexible, strong and manage any pain as effectively as possible.

A hand therapist will help optimise your recovery following any injury, or onset of any pain in the hand or wrist.  Many people think that ‘nothing can be done’for injuries of the fingers or wrist or that arthritis to the hand or fingers can’t be helped and this is not the case.  We can help manage these conditions and restore the normal functional use of your hand,  so that you can get back to doing the activities that you enjoy.

What conditions can be treated.

  • Basal thumb/ wrist arthritis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Cubital tunnel syndrome
  • Trigger finger
  • Chronic pain
  • Fractures
  • Tendon repairs
  • Nerve injuries
  • Tendonitis
  • Tennis/golfers elbow

 

What treatment modalities can be used.

  • Exercise prescription
  • Fabrication of splints
  • Provision of off the shelf splints
  • Scar management
  • Swelling management
  • Kinesiology tape
  • Strengthening/ Work Hardening.
  • Mobilisations
  • Ultrasound
  • Acupuncture

 

Treatment Following Elective Surgery

We can provide hand therapy following any kind of elective hand surgery. This may include but is not exclusive to the following.

  • Dupuytrens Release/ Needle apponeurotomies/ Xiapex injections
  • Carpal or cubital tunnel syndrome
  • Tendon transfers
  • Joint releases
  • Tenolysis
  •  Wrist stabilisation procedures
  • Joint replacements
  • Nerve transfer

 

If you have any questions regard the provision of hand therapy following surgery please contact us

Provision of Splints

Splints are not required for everyone, but we can provide both off the shelf splits and custom made thermoplastic splints if you do need them.  We will advise you on the most cost effective splint to meet your individual needs.

Splints are an additional cost to your appointment fees, however you will only be charged the cost of the materials required to make the splint.

 

 

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