Macquarie Hand Therapy opened in 2010 to provide hand and upper limb services to people in the northwest region of Sydney. It is a state-of-the-art facility, co-located with a number of leading Sydney Hand Surgeons on the grounds of Macquarie University Clinic. The practice has recently achieved the Standards required for Physiotherapy Accreditation with QIP (2014). Hand therapists (physiotherapists and occupational therapists) offer expert assessment, diagnosis and treatment for people with hand and upper limb pain or dysfunction. This dysfunction may be due to conditions including arthritis, fractures, joint dislocations, sporting injuries, tendon and nerve injury, crush injuries, overuse injuries, neuropathies, chronic pain, deQuervains tendinitis or carpal tunnel syndrome. These conditions may result in pain, stiffness, swelling or joint deformity, and altered sensation, which may affect your ability to perform work tasks, play sports, and perform various activities of daily living.
Hand therapy will include a thorough assessment of your problem, advice on how you can manage it, a home program of exercises and postural correction, and fabrication of appropriate splints and supports. If necessary, you may also be referred for X-rays or asked to organise a referral to see a Hand Surgeon for their opinion and surgical expertise.
The principal hand physiotherapist, Anne Wajon, PhD, has more than 30 years’ experience in treating hand and upper limb conditions. She completed her PhD on the management of osteoarthritis at the base of the thumb, and has published both in Australian and International journals. Anne is currently President-elect of the International Federation for the Societies of Hand Therapy (IFSHT), and is actively involved in teaching hand therapy at Australian Universities.
Please don’t hesitate to call us on 9812 3982 if you have any queries as to whether hand therapy can help you.