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Hand Therapy

Introduction

The Orthopaedic and Plastic Surgery Team includes hand surgeons, nurses, psychologists, occupational therapists and physiotherapists.

The Hand Therapy team consists of Andrea Strogen and Kerry Nettleship. Andrea is the lead occupational therapist for Paediatric Hand Therapy with over 25 years’ experience. Therapists are based within the Pink area of Outpatients at Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

The service is currently offered four days a week.

What is Hand Therapy?

Hand therapy is often required to regain range of movement and function within the hand following an operation or injury.  Therapists will assess the movement, function, and strength of the hand and offer treatment options to support in recovery.

What does the Hand Therapy service provide?

  • Functional hand assessments pre and post-operatively.
  • Therapy to patients having upper limb surgery with our PLRS (Paediatric Limb Reconstruction Service)
  • Reduction of oedema (swelling) following injury or surgery.
  • Exercise programme to complete at home to increase range of movement, function and strength.
  • Scar management
  • De-sensitisation techniques.
  • Thermoplastic splints
  • Function or activity related targeted rehabilitation
  • Handwriting assessments

Conditions we treat

  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Fractures
  • Tendon injuries and repairs
  • Amputations
  • Congenital hand conditions
  • Nerve injuries

Our therapy room

This is our therapy room where you will see your occupational or physiotherapist. It is located in the Pink area of the Outpatients department, at the Clarkson Street entrance of Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

A room with three brightly coloured chairs on the floor

Referrals

Patients can be referred to Hand Therapy in a variety of ways. A referral can be made through their General Practitioner or from doctors within Orthopaedics and Plastic Surgery at Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

The referrals received are processed and prioritised by therapists and an appointment will be provided at the next possible opportunity. It is an extremely busy service and at times there may be a waiting list in operation. 

Useful websites

Resources

Putty exercises

Putty exercises

Putty can be used to improve movement and strength of the hand, ...

Therapy putty activities

Therapy putty activities

Therapy putty Putty can be used to improve movement and strength...

Therapy putty finger exercises

Therapy putty finger exercises

Therapy putty Putty can be used to improve movement and strength...

Therapy putty thumb exercises

Therapy putty thumb exercises

Therapy putty Putty can be used to improve movement and strength...

Therapy putty grip and strengthening exercises

Therapy putty grip and strengthening exercises

Therapy putty Putty can be used to improve movement and strength...

Elbow exercises

Elbow exercises

This resource has been designed to help you remember the exercis...

Finger exercises

Finger exercises

This resource has been designed to help you remember the exercis...

General shoulder exercises

General shoulder exercises

Therapy exercises This material has been designed to help you re...

Hand and wrist exercises

Hand and wrist exercises

Therapy exercises This material has been designed to help you re...

Therapy advice including care of casts after hand or arm injuries or operations

Therapy advice including care of casts after hand or arm injuries or operations

Swelling Swelling is very common in the first few weeks followin...

Pressure garments

Pressure garments

Pressure therapy Pressure therapy is used to try and improve the...

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