Hand therapy aims for the optimisation of your hand function whilst simultaneously minimising pain or discomfort. How we will reach this goal depends on certain factors. We take a look at the origin of the complaints and how they limit you in your daily functioning.
When surgical intervention is not needed, we call this treatment conservative therapy.
Besides conservative therapy, there is also post- and pre-operative therapy. Post-operative therapy entails the therapeutic care that follows surgery. After surgical intervention, our treatment goals will emphasise on the development and guidance of the healing process by means of:
- wound care
- minimising post-operative swelling
- scar treatment
- exercise therapy
- splint therapy
At times, general practitioners or specialists will refer their patients ahead of surgery to our practice. This customarily entails pre-operative screening. The intention of the screening is to map the hand function and its functional limitations in great detail. This information will facilitate the surgeon’s decision regarding which surgical intervention you will receive. Additionally, a pre-operative screening makes it easier to evaluate the post-operative results.
The final outcome and healing of a hand injury or disease is strongly correlated with the quality of the (post-operative) treatment. Specialised therapy greatly enlarges the chances at succeeding, resulting furthermore in a faster and superior return to independence, work, hobbies, and sport.