Hand Therapy

Be treated by an Accredited Hand Therapist

What is hand therapy?

Hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder (upper limb) injuries and conditions are common. Optimal function of the upper limb is essential for good quality of life.

Hand therapy is the art and science of rehabilitation of the upper limb - shoulder to finger tip.

Accredited Hand Therapists and Associate Members of the AHTA assess and treat upper limb:

  • Fractures

  • Dislocations

  • Sprains

  • Scars

  • Burns

  • Chronic pain

  • Trauma: severe crush, lacerations or amputations

  • Peripheral nerve injuries – carpel tunnel syndrome, radial tunnel syndrome and ulna neuritis

  • Tendonopathies – a painful condition involving the breakdown of cartilage in your tendons eg tennis elbow, golfers elbow, De Quervain's and trigger finger

  • Conservative and post-operative after joint replacement

  • Arthritis management

  • Focal dystonia

  • Thoracic outlet syndrome

  • Sports injuries

  • Workplace injuries and 

  • Shoulder injuries: rotator cuff, bursitis, frozen shoulder.


What is an Accredited Hand Therapist?

The Accredited Hand Therapist (AHT) credential is a program that has been developed by the Australian Hand Therapy Association and is awarded by the Australian Hand Therapy Association Credentialing Council. It provides a pathway towards the establishment and maintenance of high standards of hand therapy practice in Australia. 

An Accredited Hand Therapist is a person who:

  • is an AHPRA* registered Occupational Therapist or Physiotherapist

  • has demonstrated an advanced level of competence in hand therapy

  • has undertaken over 300 hours of  advanced upper limb education and assessment;  a one-year mentorship; and has a minimum of 3600 hours in hand therapy clinical practice

  • has been assessed as qualified and competent to provide safe, evidence-based diagnosis, advice and treatment

  • is awarded the credential of Accredited Hand Therapist by the Australian Hand Therapy Association Credentialing Council.

  • Accredited Hand Therapists can be located throughout Australia and can be found in private practice (sometimes co-located with hand surgeons), in public hospitals and community settings. There are over 400 Accredited Hand Therapists in Australia.

  • All our therapists at The Hand Physio Clinic have received the Accredited Hand Therapist (AHT) credential.

Source: Australian Hand Therapy Association