Hand Therapy was first established in the 1940’s during the Second World War to assist the medical management of injured servicemen. Since this time the profession has evolved to treat advanced upper limb extremity disease, dysfunction and injury.

Interdisciplinary treatment/rehabilitation has been developed and replaced the separate professions of Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy when treating hand and arm conditions and therefore a hand therapist can specialise from either background.

Therapists who choose to specialise have gained clinical experience and are encouraged to continue with advanced education/independent study. Certifications to recognise these therapists are gained through structured courses and examinations. In the UK the British Association of Hand Therapists (BAHT) was founded in 1984 and the qualification gained is the 'Accredited Hand Therapist' (AHT) certificate.

Conditions treated

  • Arthritis
  • Dupuytrens Contracture
  • Fingerm Wrist and Elbow injuries | conditions
  • Fractures | dislocations | fixations
  • Musician's injuries
  • Paediatric injuries | conditions
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Sports injuries
  • Tendon and ligament injuries
  • Tendinopathies
  • Work related Upper Limb Pain

Treatments offered include

  • Acupuncture
  • Exercises | Strengthening
  • Kinesiology taping
  • Scar | Oedema management
  • Sensory re-education
  • Soft tissue massage
  • Splinting
  • Ultrasound Therapy

For a full list of conditions treated and treatments offered, please visit www.allabouthands.co.uk

The Specialist Hand Clinic is run from our Moorgate clinic and is led by Lucy Oliver. Lucy is a highly experienced clinician with many years of experience in this field.