We have a multidisciplinary hand team consisting of hand surgeons, occupational therapists, physiotherapists and therapy assistants.

Our hand therapists provide assessment, triage, investigation and specialist treatment of wrist and hand conditions. We provide early hand therapy input to acute traumatic wrist and hand injuries.

Our hand unit is based at University Hospital Aintree in the Pre-op Assessment unit. We also provide a service for urgent home visits if deemed necessary by the assessing therapist.

What is hand therapy?

Hand therapy treatment may involve:

  • Advice and education on self-management of long term condition
  • Splinting & taping of the hand and upper limb
  • Exercise and functional rehabilitation
  • Activity assessment and joint protection advice
  • Joint mobilisations
  • Swelling management
  • Scar management
  • Desensitisation and sensory re-education programmes
  • Pain management.

We treat a mixture of hand and wrist trauma and elective surgery conditions. As the hospital is part of the major trauma centre we deal with lots of traumatic hand injuries that often coincide with a polytraumatic presentation. Patient rehabilitation can be a complex process that must be tailored specifically to the patient. The hand team see a variety of patients from the surrounding Merseyside and Cheshire area who are on the trauma pathway.

Some other conditions we may treat:

  • Osteoarthritis and inflammatory arthritis in the thumb, fingers and wrist
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Cubital tunnel syndrome
  • DeQuervain’s Tendinopathy
  • Trigger finger/thumb
  • Dupuytren’s disease
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome – RCP GUIDLINES
  • Hand and wrist fractures
  • Mallet finger
  • Tendon repairs eg. Flexor tendon and Extensor tendon repairs
  • Trapeziectomy thumb surgery
  • Joint replacements, wrist, thumb, MCP, PIP
  • Distal Radio-Ulnar joint surgery, stabilisation, reconstruction.