Hand rehabilitation is scheduled around regular assessments that are designed to evaluate the strength of the recovery process and adjust the level of care as necessary. During the rehabilitation process, the therapist works closely with the surgeon, the doctor or the ER.
Hand rehabilitation can involve various areas of specialised medicine, including the following:
- TRAUMATOLOGY (e.g. tendon injuries, fractures, sprains, burns, amputations)
- NEUROLOGY (e.g. sequelae of hemiplegia, paralysis of the peripheral nerves, insensitivity or hypersensitivity)
- RHEUMATOLOGY (e.g. deformities related to inflammatory rheumatism, prevention of pathogenic attitudes)
- DISEASES (e.g. Dupuytren contracture, carpal tunnel syndrome, complex regional pain syndrome)
Hand rehabilitation aims to prevent stiffness by treating pain or oedema and aims to ensure the patient learns how to use the hand again. These aims are achieved through the following processes:
- Treatment for acute or chronic pain
- Rehabilitating to achieve progressive and protected mobilisation
- Reduction of stiffness and swelling
- Treatment for scars
- Restauration of sensibility
- Rehabilitation of strength, endurance and dexterity
- Application of electrotherapy
- Postural education
- Preservation of autonomy at home
- Instructions for a home-tailored exercise programme
- Advice for technical aids and general hygiene
Bad posture (ergonomics) during work or sports activities, and even during leisure activities, can be a source of chronic pain (i.e. musculoskeletal disorders). Hyperuse or repetition of movement can infer tiredness or chronic pain (e.g. tenosynovitis, tendinitis), as with musicians.
Analysing the individual patient’s daily activities can allow greater precision in targeting difficulties bound to the pathology of the chronic pain. By understanding the patient’s activities, the therapist can recommend modifications to workstations and alternative methods of working to ensure good posture in all daily-life activities.
Where are we?
Hand therapy 1bis/third floor.