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Hand injuries at work

Our hands and arms are essential for our work. Hand injuries are very common, and finger and hand injuries are the most common type of work-related injuries in Australia. These can often be caused by:

  • Poor hand and wrist ergonomic set-up
  • Mechanical hazards
  • Environmental hazards
  • Skin irritants

Some of the most common hand, wrist, finger and elbow injuries at work include:


Repetitive strain injury (RSI)


Carpal tunnel syndrome


Wrist, thumb and finger pain


Tennis elbow


Fingertip and hand crush injuries


Hand lacerations

How a Hand Therapist can help?

A Hand Therapist is a Physiotherapist or Occupational Therapist with expertise in treating hand and upper limb injuries. They are able to diagnose your condition, help you recover and advise you on how to prevent injuries.

Treatment may include fabricating a customised brace, wound care if you’ve had surgery, exercises and education on workstation set up.

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