Adelaide Hand Therapy
Adelaide Plastic Surgery is pleased to offer onsite hand therapy services with Adelaide Hand Therapy, an Occupational Therapy service specialising in the rehabilitation of upper limb injuries. Our practice has had a close working relationship with Adelaide Hand Therapy for over a decade, and our Specialist Plastic Surgeons often refer patients for post-surgical recovery and conservative management of various hand conditions.
Kathy Minchin and Belinda DeGaris are both members of the Australian Hand Therapy Association and have a number of years’ experience in this field. They pride themselves on tailoring treatment to your goals and strive to achieve the best outcomes for their patients.
Our Hand Therapists
What is Hand Therapy?
A hand therapist is highly skilled in the assessment and treatment of finger, thumb, hand, wrist and elbow injuries. Custom made thermoplastic orthoses, also known as splints, are moulded from a low temperature plastic to the shape of your hand. They are fabricated during the consult and have the ability to be remoulded and altered as needed.
Hand Therapy addresses a wide range of injuries, including post-surgical recovery, traumatic injuries, as well as chronic conditions.
- Finger dislocations / ligament injuries
- Fractures: finger, hand and wrist
- Wrist pain
- Nerve injuries or compressions
- Sporting injuries
- Elective post-operative procedures (Dupuytren’s contracture, carpal tunnel release, joint replacements, joint fusions, ganglion removals)
- Trauma post-operative procedures (flexor and extensor tendon repairs, nerve repairs, crush injuries, amputations)
Do I need a referral letter?
You do not need a referral to book a hand therapy appointment as a private client, although a referral is always appreciated to give background to your injury. A referral is only needed if the consult is covered by a third part such as Return to Work SA, motor-vehicle accident claims or Medicare EPC programs. We are able to access most radiology imaging online with your consent during your consultation.
Booking an appointment
To arrange an appointment with Belinda DeGaris or Kathy Minchin please call (08) 8213 1800 and speak with one of our friendly administrative staff.
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