The outpatient occupational therapy services are based in suite 5 at Chesterfield Royal Hospital.
The services include:
- Hand Therapy
Hand therapy is the assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of hand conditions, injuries and other upper limb disorders which affect hand function.
At Chesterfield Royal you can expect our hand therapists to provide a comprehensive assessment and an individualised and tailored rehabilitation program, which may incorporate various therapeutic treatment techniques.
Some of these interventions may include;
- Wound care and scar management.
- Oedema management.
- Exercise and strengthening programs.
- Sensory assessment and re-education.
- Splinting/ bracing.
- Functional skills retraining.
- Exploring aids and adaptions.
- Preventative and ergonomic advice.
We also run a hand therapy group twice a week for patients who require more intensive input and support.
Hand therapy also has a crucial role in the recovery from hand and wrist surgery. At Chesterfield Royal our hand therapy service is integrated into the orthopaedic hand surgery and nursing team, and our hand therapists attend weekly clinics with the hand consultants.
Some of the common procedures seen in hand therapy following surgery include;
- Fasciectomy for Dupuytrens Disease
- Carpal and Cubital Tunnel Decompression
- Distal Volar Radius (DVR) plating of wrist fractures
- Joint fusions
- Joint replacements
- Tendon repair
How to access the service
You will need a referral from your GP, orthopaedic consultant or allied health professional.
Rheumatic conditions can cause many troublesome symptoms such as pain and fatigue. This can make everyday tasks feel overwhelming and exhausting.
It is also not uncommon that rheumatic conditions cause pain and problems in the hands. Hands are essential for everyday functioning; even simple tasks can feel impossible when our hands are not working as they usually do.
The occupational therapist based in rheumatology has a key interest in hand therapy but will also be interested in what activities you are finding difficult due to your condition. Their focus is on helping patients manage their condition and regain independence and function. A number of treatment options may be used to achieve this such as:
- Hand splints to manage hand discomfort or deformities. This is so patients can maintain hand function
- Hand exercises to maintain hand function
- Fatigue/pain/sleep management advice
- Prescribe or advise on equipment that can make tasks easier
- Joint protection advice
- Setting goals for rehabilitation
- Educating patients on their condition and how to manage this