We are a group of Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists who have had extensive post graduate training for the assessment and treatment of injuries and conditions of the hand and upper limb. We treat children and adults for a variety of shoulder, elbow, wrist, fingers and thumb problems. As a group we work with a large number of Orthopaedic surgeons, Plastic Surgeons, GP’s and other allied health providers who refer for assistance with rehabilitation and recovery. We provide rehabilitation post-surgery and for non-surgically managed conditions to provide you with the fastest and safest return to activity you can achieve.
The range of injuries or conditions that can affect the hand and upper limb is enormous. Some are common, some are extremely rare and they are never specific to any one environment or activity. Believe it or not you are just as likely to damage a finger making a bed or tucking in a shirt as you are catching a ball. No matter the nature or severity of the injury, rehabilitation in the form of hand therapy will speed your recovery and timely return to function.
If appropriate treatment is not received early following injury, swelling, scarring, stiffness and abnormal patterns of motion can set in, leaving the affected limb weak, painful and potentially non-functional. Why settle for a sub-optimal result when regular consultation with our practitioners can provide you with a personal prescriptive rehabilitation regime aimed at empowering you and facilitating your full return to function?
We treat a variety of hand and upper limb injuries and conditions such as:
- Joint dislocations
- Tendon repairs
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Cubital tunnel syndrome
- Trigger finger/thumb
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Tendonoses - De quervain’s Disease,
- Tennis elbow/Golfers elbow
- Dupuytren’s disease - pre and post surgery
- Scar tissue on hand/upper limb or any other area of the body
- Oedema (swelling)
- Loss of strength, coordination or control of the hand/upper limb
- Hypertonicity from acquired brain injury or congenital conditions
- Musicians injuries including Focal dystonia
Northside Hand and Upper Limb Clinic is unique in its ability to offer a wide variety of therapeutic modalities such as electrotherapy and dry needling, exact measuring by way of high-tech electronic equipment and skilfully devised home programs that are monitored and upgraded regularly so as to ensure optimal management from the time of injury to return to work and full function.
Our expert therapists can design a personalised rehabilitation program for you and your condition taking into account your situation. Some of the Rehabilitation techniques used can include:
- personalised exercise programs
- graded return to activity in the work, sporting or home environment
- soft tissue massage
- the use of dry needling - for pain management and trigger point release
- taping - kinesotape (such as Rock tape, Dynamic tape etc), sports, scar, oedema (swelling)
- electrotherapy - ultrasound, tens
- bandaging and compression garments - for oedema management
- splinting - for protection, pain relief, support and function
- casting - for fracture management, improving joint range of movement, for hypertonicity
- wound care and suture removal
- scar management (using massage, tapes, silicons and ultrasound)
- nerve gliding - for nerve compressions and injuries
- strengthening - using a series of hand held weights, therapeutic putty, resistive theraband
- activity modification - changing the way an activity is done to achieve a painfree outcome
- prescription of assistive devices - including long handled aides, built up grips and improved er-gonomics
- sensory retraining for nerve injuries or conditions that can result in loss of or an unpleasant in-crease in sensitivity of the skin
- fine motor skills therapy for children and adults with a variety of developmental or nervous sys-tem conditions such as Cerebral Palsy or after a Stroke
Treating Children's conditions
Dr Anita Clerke also treats children with fine motor co-ordination problems. See her page on hand writing for thoughts on why hand writing is still necessary in this age of smart phones, tablets and computers. She can assess all fine motor difficulties and give you a home programme which is fun and therapeutic at the same time. THe programme is amiemd at giving you ideas for quality time with your child, rather than just being "extra homework" that needs to be squeezed into your already busy schedule. Dads are very welcome to join in the therapy sessions too, as they bring unique gifts and insights into the nurturing and growing of each child.
Latest Assessment Equipment
We have the latest in computerized musculo-skeletal testing equipment, for measuring strength and flexibility of your body. Our clinic has one of only 2 Neurometers in Queensland, for detecting and quantifying peripheral nerve damage, for neuropathies (e.g. diabetic polyneuropathies), compression neuropathies (e.g. carpal tunnel syndrome) and toxic exposure neuropathies.
Therapy includes management of:
- swelling (oedema)
- poor coordination
- pain and altered sensory abilities
- return to work and your former occupations/hobbies/home duties.
Therapy may include the prescription of strengthening exercises, sensory re-education, ergonomic advice, fine motor and co-ordination exercises, teaching self-management of painful conditions, education about how to manage chronic conditions and joint protection advice for those with painful or swollen joints.
Hours of Operation
Monday to Thursday: 8.30 am to 5.30 pm
Fridays: 8.30 am to 4.30 pm
Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays: 9.15 am to 4.45 pm
Kippa Ring clinic:
Mondays and Wednesdays: 9.15 am to 4.45 pm
Everton Park clinic:
Fridays: 1.30 pm to 5 pm (fortnigthly)