Hand Therapy

North Waikato Physiotherapy offers a Hand Therapy service based in Huntly.

Hand therapy provides treatment and rehabilitation for all upper limb injuries and conditions including the elbow, forearm, wrist, hand, fingers, and thumb.

Common conditions treated by hand therapy include:

  • Sprains and strains through to assessment of possible ruptures (and onward referral if needed)
  • Dislocations
  • Mallet finger, skiers’ thumb, central slip (Boutonniere) injuries
  • Tendon, ligament, and nerve repairs
  • Dupuytrens – after surgery
  • After tendon ligament or nerve surgery
  • Fractures (after plaster or surgery) – minor chip fractures can often be treated like a sprain
  • Chronic pain problems, hypersensitivity
  • RSI/tendonitis problems, including De Quervains
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Burns
  • Crush injuries/ amputations
  • Arthritis

Hand therapy – How is it different to physiotherapy?

Hand therapists have complimentary knowledge of the upper limb and facilitate tissue healing through rest, and controlled movement.

Hand therapists can make custom splints for patients as required to facilitate the healing of tissue. We work closely with hand surgeons to ensure you have the best possible management and outcomes.

Various treatment modalities include:
  • Detailed assessment, education, and management advice
  • Control of acute oedema including compression bandages, neoprene wraps
  • Progressive exercise programmes
  • Splinting for protection/rest, restricted range or to gain range
  • Massage, soft tissue mobilisation and manual therapy
  • Scar management to soften and flatten hypertrophic scars
  • Sensory re-education following nerve damage
  • Treatment of complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS/RSD)
  • Ergonomic and function activity advice including provision of adaptive equipment and devices
  • Shockwave therapy

Get specialised help

Kyla Fearon has completed postgraduate study in the hand and upper limb and is an associate hand therapist. She is excited to be offering this service in Huntly and help you with your recovery.

For more information.

For further information please email the clinic at [email protected] or phone the clinic on 07 828 9854.

Other Services

Services we Offer:

- Manual Therapy, Exercise Rehabilitation, Acupuncture/Dry Needling, Strapping

Conditions we Treat:

- Joint Sprains, Muscle/Soft Tissue injuries, Spinal Injuries

- Osteoarthritis, CRPS, Chronic pain

Simply call in or contact us to make an appointment. All ACC forms can be filled out on the spot.
Our three clinics are based in easily accessible locations In Huntly, Te Kauwhata and Ngaruawahia
North Waikato Physio is an ACC contracted physiotherapy clinic. We are regularly audited by BSI.