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Hand therapy

A range of specialist treatments for the hands and wrists

Hand therapy helps you to recover after an accident or injury, and manage longer-term conditions such as carpal tunnel. It is also available if you have had surgery on your hand or wrist, or are suffering from damage to the nerves and muscles.

About hand therapy

Hand therapy draws on physiotherapy and occupational therapy to support rehabilitation after an injury or surgery, or manage long-term or work-related conditions such as arthritis and work-related upper limb disorders.

Our hand therapists will assess your hand and wrist movements, and conduct a series of therapy sessions focusing on your weak areas with exercises and working to balance out these weak points with your strengths.

We also offer advice and education on ergonomics, joint protection strategies and energy conservation techniques to manage upper limb pain caused by arthritis, tendinitis or other similar conditions.

If you've had surgery, our hand therapists work closely with your hand and wrist surgeon to care for you after your operation. They will create a bespoke rehabilitation plan for you to follow in clinic and at home and monitor your progress throughout your recovery.

Need to know

  • What symptoms or conditions can hand therapy help with?  icon plus

    Symptoms of hand and wrist disorders or injuries include:

    • Trigger finger/thumb – a painful condition in which a finger or thumb clicks or locks as it is bent towards the palm
    • De Quervain's syndrome – a painful condition that affects tendons where they run through a tunnel on the thumb side of the wrist
    • Dupuytren's disease – is a common condition that usually arises in middle age or later and is more common in men than women
    • Swellings in the wrist and hand – are very common. The vast majority are likely to be a ganglion which is a fluid filled cyst and utterly benign
    • Arthritis – affects the joints at the end of the finger and base of the thumb.
  • Screening and diagnosis icon plus

    Your consultant will discuss your symptoms with you, which will help them make a diagnosis.
  • Potential treatment options icon plus

    If you are diagnosed with any conditions affecting your hand or wrist your hand and wrist consultant will be able to discuss treatments options with you.

Our hand therapists

All our hand therapists are accredited physiotherapists or occupational therapists with extended training in the management of upper limb disorders. Their wide range of skills enable them to carry out different assessments, procedures and types of therapy.

This includes:

  • exercise therapy and mobilisation techniques
  • custom thermoplastic and neoprene splinting
  • casting
  • scar management
  • oedema and wound management
  • functional retraining
  • sports rehabilitation

Our locations

rom regular hand therapy sessions to physiotherapy and occupational support before, during and after surgery, we provide exceptional hand therapy across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

  • London Hand and Wrist Unit

    Appointments available across London centres

    Call 020 3214 3617

  • The Wellington Hospital - South Building

    The Wellington Hospital

    Wellington Place

    London NW8 9LE

    Appointments 020 7483 5148
    General enquiries 020 7586 5959
    Post COVID Recovery service 020 7483 5348

  • London Bridge Hospital

    London Bridge Hospital

    27 Tooley Street

    London

    SE1 2PR

    Appointments & Enquiries 020 7234 2009
    Imaging Appointments 020 7234 2773

  • The Lister Hospital

    Chelsea Bridge Road

    London

    SW1W 8RH

    Appointments 020 7730 8298
    General enquiries 020 7730 7733

  • The Portland Hospital

    The Portland Hospital

    205 - 209 Great Portland Street

    London

    W1W 5AH

    Children's enquiries 020 7390 8020
    Maternity enquiries 020 7390 6068
    Gynaecology enquiries 020 7390 6200

  • London Bridge Hospital Facility

    HCA UK at The Shard

    The Shard, 32 St Thomas Street

    London

    SE1 9BS

    Call 020 3131 6888
    Opening hours 7:30 - 20:00 Monday - Friday

  • The Princess Grace Hospital

    42-52 Nottingham Place

    London W1U 5NY

    Appointments 020 7908 8001
    General enquiries 020 7486 1234

  • HCA UK at The Wilmslow Hospital

    52-54 Alderley Road

    Wilmslow

    SK9 1NY

    Appointments 020 7483 5148
    General enquiries 01615 160 961

  • London-bridge-31-old-broad-street

    31 Old Broad Street

    31 Old Broad Street

    London

    EC2N 1HT

    Call 020 7496 3522

Request a hand and wrist appointment

We're happy to help you make an appointment with one of our experienced hand and wrist consultants. We can also make imaging and outpatient hand therapist appointments for you.

020 7079 4344
This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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