How we can help
At The Hand Recovery Centre we offer a comprehensive rehabilitation service for hand, wrist and elbow conditions. Whether it’s injuries you’ve had for a short time or problems you’ve had for a long time we’re here to assist in managing you’re path to recovery. The following is a shortlist of some of the common conditions we treat:
- Fractures and dislocations
- Sports injuries, including joint sprains
- Tendinopathy, such as deQuervain’s
- Wounds & Scars
- Lacerations and Tendon Repairs
- Nerve Compression Syndrome (such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome)
- Trigger finger
- Mallet finger
- Post Surgical conditions
All referrals from doctors are welcome and we also accept self referrals (where you haven’t yet seen a doctor). In addition to this, we accept and manage cases for Workcover, DVA, CTP and private health insurance. We have HICAPS available for patients who have occupational therapy cover included in their private health insurance.
One of the real benefits of seeing a hand therapist early is, that they can jump start your recovery by commencing your rehabilitation within a week of your injury, with approval from your treating doctor. At our Calamvale location we run to our appointment schedule which means that you will not spend hours in our waiting room waiting to be seen. At Greenslopes, we also try to facilitate planned appointments to reduce the chance of a long wait prior to your appointment.
When trying to navigate your path to recovery, we realise that it’s a daunting prospect. It’s our goal to ensure you have quality treatment by an experienced clinician and you can have confidence in our ability to help guide you through this process. Choose from either of our convenient locations at Greenslopes Hospital or Calamvale Medical Centre. At our Calamvale Medical Centre, we have access to the latest medical equipment, advice from doctors and a fantastic range of resources at our fingertips. At our Greenslopes clinic we work alongside Dr Benjamin Kenny and Dr Tamer Mettyas in providing post -surgical rehabilitation as well as conservative management of appropriate conditions within close consultation with the consulting surgeons.
Erika has over 18 years of experience in managing hand injuries and has completed post graduate training to become an Accredited Hand Therapist (as awarded by the Australian Hand Therapy Association). With experience in both public and private clinics across the greater Brisbane area, she understands how to work with people from all walks of life. She completed a Masters degree in 2009 and has been involved in hand therapy research which means that she is dedicated to using the latest research to support her recommendations.
We recognise that communication goes beyond the consultation and we strive to work together with your doctor, specialist or other professionals through all levels of correspondence and we look for the best ways to help you reach your recovery goals.
Driving and Hand Injuries
It is important to discuss driving with your doctor and hand therapist following a hand injury. It is not recommended to drive while you are in a cast, or wearing a splint or orthoses on your hand or arm. Doing so may void your insurance, increase your likelihood of an accident and endanger yourself and others on the road. We can provide advice on safety to drive but your doctor or surgeon is responsible for providing medical clearance to return to safe driving. Both the Greenslopes clinic and Calamvale clinic are conveniently positioned and have public transport (bus stops) within close proximity of the clinics.
A doctor’s referral can be helpful but is not necessary to book an appointment. You can choose to refer yourself for hand therapy (unless you are a DVA or Workcover patient).
A brief description of your injury or surgery and the date that it occurred (if relevant) will help us to book you an appropriate appointment.
At the time of booking, we will also require information regarding any WorkCover claim, Private Health Insurance, or other funding assistance such as DVA or insurance claims.
To make an appointment phone us on 07 3344 7942 or fill in the contact us form and we will contact you.
What to expect
At your initial appointment we will complete a thorough assessment and history of your injury so that we can understand you and your injury.
You will be provided education about your condition so that you can be in control of your own recovery. Goal setting is an important part of your recovery and we will help you to set goals which are specific, measurable, attainable, and timely. Your treatment will be tailored to your needs. It may include splints, taping, exercises, wound care, swelling management, massage and use of therapy equipment.
Home exercises are an important part of achieving recovery goals, so you will be provided with a home exercise program which is important for you to complete several times each day.
Communication with referrers or case managers is an important part of what we offer to ensure we are all on the same team.
What to Bring to Your Appointment
- X-rays or other investigations, both images and reports if available
- Doctor’s referral if you have one
- Patient Information and Consent Form
- Relevant medical history including a list of your current medications
- Relevant Insurance information
- We are a fee for service practice so please be prepared for payment on the day of your appointment.
Caring for your splint
- Your splint will last longer if you follow these basic care tips:
- If your therapist allows you to remove your splint, you can wash your splint in cool soapy water.
- Take off any straps that can be removed, prior to washing.
- After washing, dry your splint thoroughly with a towel.
- Do not leave your splint in your car or any hot environment, as your splint will be effected by exposure heat.
- Do not attempt to adjust your splint yourself. If you are experiencing any issues associated with rubbing or digging in, please contact your therapist on 0733447942. We offer a complimentary splint adjustment within 3 months.