Acute injuries are common in sports where players use the hands to control the ball or tackle other players. Acute injuries also include those that occur as a result of a fall, where the person has used their hand to break their fall, leading to injury.
Treatment of hand, wrist and finger injuries
Treatment of hand and wrist injuries depends on the nature and extent of the injury and is guided by a thorough assessment performed by the physiotherapist. Certain injuries, such as fractures and ligament injuries, may require immobilisation, whereas other injuries may require specific exercises or modification of movement patterns and work equipment. Examples of different treatments we offer at Glebe Physio include:
• Casting: This involves immobilisation of a broken bone within a fiberglass or plaster cast to allow it to heal. Visit our casting service page for more information.
• Splinting: Another form of immobilisation, splinting offers protection for a healing bone or ligament while still allowing movement of the unaffected joints.
• Taping: Often used for support of an injured muscle, tendon or ligament during sport or work activities.
• Manual therapy: “hands-on” treatment to reduce stiffness and restore movement in muscles and joints.
• Exercises: Prescription of exercises that aim to facilitate healing, improve range of motion and/or develop strength.
What is carpal tunnel syndrome and can physiotherapy help?
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition where the nerves and blood vessels that run through the wrist become compressed and can cause pain or numbness/tingling in the hand and fingers. Specifically, this is a condition that affects the median nerve. The carpal tunnel is roofed by the bones of the wrist (the carpal bones) and enclosed on the other side by a long ligament. It is a very narrow space, so any swelling of the structures in this area can cause significant compression. It’s common for this to occur as a result of repetitive movements at the wrist such as typing, as a result of arthritis in the area or as a result of changes to the body’s physiology during pregnancy.
Carpal tunnel syndrome can usually be managed quite effectively through a combination of wrist posture modification, use of a specially designed wrist splint, as well as wrist exercises such as tendon and nerve glides. If you still experience significant symptoms after these approaches, we work closely with specialists who can progress to other treatments including injections and surgery.