In this section, we have leaflets for the Occupational Therapy department. Please only read the materials on the advice of your clinician.

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Occupational Hand Therapy

Click to download the Ganglion Cysts leaflet

Ganglion Cysts

A ganglion cyst is a small fluid filled sac that forms over a joint or sometimes tendon (tissue that connects muscle to bone). Inside of the sac is a thick and sticky jelly-like material called synovial fluid. They can feel soft and spongy to touch or sometimes very firm, almost like a bone ... read more

 

Click to download the Joint Protection and Energy Conservation leaflet

Joint Protection and Energy Conservation

Arthritis literally means inflammation of the joints. Swelling/inflammation in the joint can cause the surrounding soft tissues to stretch resulting in additional pain. When soft tissues stretch, movement can be inefficient and there is the potential for further structural damage. There are many different types of arthritis and there is no cure. Depending on the type, there may be medications to help manage your symptoms, however, how you use your hands also has an impact on your symptoms ... read more

 

Click to download the Kinesiotape Application leaflet

Kinesiotape Application

Kinesiotape works by lifting the skin as the tape recoils after being applied with some tension. The lift in the tape takes compression off structures under the surface of the skin and allows lymphatic flow. This can help with pain, inflammation and swelling ... read more

 

Click to download the Mallet Injury leaflet

Mallet Injury

A mallet finger injury is usually caused when the end joint of a finger is forced to bend forwards suddenly. Causing the tendon that straightens the tip of the finger to tear or pull away from bone ... read more

 

Click to download the Osteoarthritis (OA) Level 1 Thumb Exercises leaflet

Osteoarthritis (OA) Level 1 Thumb Exercises

Aim to do all exercises four times a day. Do not start this programme while in an active flare up. Do not proceed to level 2 until you can complete level 1 pain free ... read more

 

Click to download the Osteoarthritis (OA) Level 2 Thumb Exercises leaflet

Osteoarthritis (OA) Level 2 Thumb Exercises

Aim to do all exercises four times a day. Only attempt level 2 if you are completing level 1 without any pain ... read more

 

Click to download the Osteoarthritis (OA) Level 3 Thumb Exercises leaflet

Osteoarthritis (OA) Level 3 Thumb Exercises

Only attempt level 3 if you have completed both level 1 and level 2 without any pain. The focus of these activities is to develop new habits for improved joint positioning in activities of daily living ... read more

 

Click to download the PIP Joint Replacement (Miss Sarkhel) leaflet

PIP Joint Replacement (Miss Sarkhel)

The joint that has been used in your surgery is an ‘Osteotec Silastic Hinge Arthroplasty’. This is a constrained joint that means there is a low risk of dislocation and gives you an opportunity to be working on your movement sooner. However, this still needs to be done in a protected way and hand therapy will offer you guidance with this ... read more

 

Click to download the PIP Joint Replacements (Mr Gupta) leaflet

PIP Joint Replacements (Mr Gupta)

You have had a replacement of the middle joint of your finger (proximal interphalangeal joint or PIP joint) after having had severe changes in the joint. This surgery is predominantly one for pain relief but by adhering to the following guidelines, we hope to get your function as good as possible ... read more

 

Click to download the Post-Op Advice: Carpal Tunnel Decompression leaflet

Post-Op Advice: Carpal Tunnel Decompression

You have been provided this sheet as you have just had a carpal tunnel decompression surgery. We hope that this provides you with the information you need before you next see a professional ... read more

 

Click to download the Post-Op Advice: Trigger Finger Release leaflet

Post-Op Advice: Trigger Finger Release

This information sheet is to act as a guide as to what to expect now you have had surgery for your trigger finger / thumb. We hope that this provides you with the information you need before you next see a professional ... read more

 

Click to download the Post-Op Advice: Wrist ORIF leaflet

Post-Op Advice: Wrist ORIF

You have been provided this sheet as you have sustained a fracture to your wrist and it has been fixed with a plate to hold the bone. Initially your hand and wrist are likely to be quite swollen and uncomfortable to move, but we hope this sheet provides you with the information you need ... read more

 

Click to download the Post Plaster Removal Wrist Fracture leaflet

Post Plaster Removal Wrist Fracture

You have been provided this sheet as you have sustained a fracture to your wrist and it has been managed conservatively with a plaster. Initially your hand and wrist are likely to be quite stiff and uncomfortable to move but we hope this sheet provides you with the information you need ... read more

 

Click to download the Single MCP Joint Replacement (Miss Sarkhel) leaflet

Single MCP Joint Replacement (Miss Sarkhel)

You have had a replacement of the ‘knuckle’ joint of your finger (metacarpal phalangeal joint/MCP joint) after having had severe changes in the joint. This surgery is predominantly one for pain relief but by adhering to the following guidelines, we hope to get your function as good as possible ... read more

 

Click to download the Soft Splint Instructions leaflet

Soft Splint Instructions

When wearing your splint ensure that your hand and splint are kept dry. If you are required to keep your splint on 24 hours a day, ensure you cover your hand and splint to keep your hand dry when showering/bathing. Your splint can be washed in warm soapy water and left to dry naturally ... read more

 

Click to download the Thermoplastic Splint Information leaflet

Thermoplastic Splint Information

Do not drive with your splint on. Do not operate machinery with your splint on. Ask your therapist or doctor when it is safe for you to return to driving. Keep splint away from direct heat e.g. direct sunlight, radiators, etc ... read more

 

Click to download the Trapeziectomy with mini tight-rope (Miss Sarkhel) leaflet

Trapeziectomy with mini tight-rope (Miss Sarkhel)

The trapezium bone sits at the bottom of the thumb to form the ‘first CMC joint’. This bone is very prone to wear and tear which can be a painful process and limit hand function. A trapeziectomy surgery is completed when the pain becomes difficult to manage and the bone is removed. There are different variations of this surgery, each with a different post-surgery rehabilitation plan ... read more

 

Click to download the Trapeziectomy with mini tight-rope (Mr Imam) leaflet

Trapeziectomy with mini tight-rope (Mr Imam)

During a trapeziectomy and mini-tight rope surgery the trapezium bone is completely removed. The thumb is given extra stability by means of a ‘mini-tight rope’ securing it to the very base of the index finger. Think of this as a very tough internal suture. This allows you to start progressing with your therapy plan a bit sooner than other surgeries where the stability of the thumb is more reliant upon scar tissue forming ... read more

 

Click to download the Trigger Thumb / Finger leaflet

Trigger Thumb / Finger

Trigger finger is a painful condition in which a finger or thumb clicks or locks as it is bent towards the palm ... read more

 

Occupational Therapy

Click to download the Managing Fatigue and Shortness of Breath leaflet

Managing Fatigue and Shortness of Breath

Shortness of breath is frightening and can make you feel anxious or panic. Being breathless is often worse when doing daily tasks, but you can learn simple strategies to regain some control over your breathing. For more detailed information on breathing techniques, speak to a physiotherapist ... read more