What is Hand Therapy?

Hand therapy is a highly specialised branch of Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy. Having undertaken advanced education, clinical experience and independent study, the hand therapist aims to promote the goals of restoration and maintenance of functioning and prevention of dysfunction for individuals with upper extremity conditions.

‘Hand therapy is the non-surgical management of hand disorders using physical methods such as exercise, splinting and wound care. Hand therapy has a crucial role in the recovery from injury of the hand or wrist, and in the recovery from hand surgical operations.’

British Society for Surgery of the Hand

‘A hand therapist is a registered occupational therapist or physiotherapist who specialises in the rehabilitation of patients with conditions affecting the hands and upper limb. A hand therapist’s high level of specialisation requires advanced post-graduate eduction and clinical experience, enabling them to help patients return to a productive lifestyle following injury, disease or deformity affecting the hand…’

British Association of Hand Therapists