Hand therapy treats orthopedic-based upper-extremity conditions to optimise the functional use of the hand and arm. Conditions that are often treated by hand therapy include fractures of the hand or arm, lacerations and amputations, burns, and surgical repairs of tendons and nerves. Acquired conditions such as tendonitis, rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, and carpal tunnel syndrome also are treated by hand therapy practitioners.
The hand is one of the most complex and beautiful pieces of natural engineering in the human body. It gives us a powerful grip but also allows us to manipulate small objects with great precision. Therefore treatments have to be equally precise and Physiquipe’s range of objective assessment, rehabilitation and soft tissue and pain management are among the most advanced available.
Objective Assessment and Rehabilitation
Outcome measures are an important way to accurately assess and rehabilitate the patient to their individual peak physical condition. They also give clear objective data to aid rehabilitation, whilst being a great tool to demonstrate the outcomes following surgery.
The BTE PrimusRS is cutting edge technology which allows the therapist to recreate joint specific movements and real life everyday movements giving precise outcome measures, other advantages of the PrimusRS are work hardening and simulation, targeted exercise and income generation opportunities. The BTE PrimusRS was developed by a hand surgeon (Dr Raymond Curtis) over 40 years ago and there are over 30 systems within NHS hand departments. We can help create a bid to help meet the needs of your department and hospital, so please contact us for more information.
Soft Tissue & Pain Management
Soft Tissue management is a core component of hand therapy. We have developed tools and treatment methods to give the best outcomes whilst reducing strain on the therapist.
Myofascial Acoustic Compression Therapy
Myofascial Acoustic Compression Therapy is widely used in the treatment of acute and chronic pain in muscles, tendons and joints. MyACT describes the use of acoustic waves to target tissue at varying depths to compress and manipulate tissue resulting in a focused and precise deep tissue massage. The results of the mechanical stimulus delivered by MyACT can lead to increased circulation and pain relief – key components in the healing process.
HawkGrips are Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilisation tools. IASTM is an increasingly popular treatment method used by clinicians around the world. The tools are used to increase range of motion, treat acute and chronic conditions, reduce need for medication/surgery and decrease pain.
Targeted Negative Pressure Massage
PhysioTouch is a negative pressure device which allows vertical and horizontal stretching of the fascial (connective tissue) structures, expanding the space for circulation of blood and lymph. The results are immediately measurable as reduced swelling, reduced pain and improved range of motion.