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What do we do?

Assess and treat upper limb conditions. Make or provide customized splints, casts or braces if needed.
Assist with recovery after elective surgery and traumatic injury.

Do you need a referral to see a hand therapist?

No, we are qualified to assess and treat upper limb conditions. We do work closely with your treating doctor or specialist to help ensure you get the best care, timely treatment and appropriate investigations.

Want More Information?

Watch this space, for further information and education regarding common conditions that are treated by hand therapists. Contact Central Coast Hand & Upper Limb Therapy on 43 535 077 for further assistance.

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Tuggerah Physiotherapy Centre

02 4353 5077

Kariong Physiotherapy Centre

02 4340 1643

What is a Hand Therapist?

A Hand Therapist is either a Physiotherapist or Occupational Therapist who has pursued additional training in the treatment of upper limb conditions from the shoulder to the finger tips. A recognized hand therapist has achieved a minimum of 3600 treatment hours specific to upper limb conditions. Most hand therapists are members of the Australian Hand Therapy Association, (AHTA) which is Australia's only professional Association representing hand therapists and has just over 300 members nationally.

What can a hand therapist help you with?

  • Recovery after surgery
  • Rehabilitation after complex injury or trauma
  • Recovery after amputation, tendon repair or nerve repair
  • Recovery of movement and function after a broken bone
  • Arthritis problems
  • Tendon problems , for example: Tennis elbow, Dequervains
  • Scar reduction
  • Reducing swelling/oedema
  • Lymphoedema
  • Joint injury
  • Sporting injury
  • Work related injury
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Recovery and assistance after stroke, neurological injury
  • Pain conditions
  • When should you come and see a hand therapist?

  • If you have a sports or other injury to your hand, wrist or arm
  • For ongoing ache or pain that is not getting better
  • If you have a chronic condition such as arthritis
  • If you have any of the following symptoms - pain, pins & needles, decreased strength, reduced function or stiffness
  • If you have been referred by your treating doctor, specialist, orthopaedic surgeon or hand surgeon
  • Please note early treatment and advice are the keys to getting the best Possible results

    For further information on specific conditions, please see the articles below.