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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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