Trauma to soft tissue
Soft tissue injuries need to be urgently assessed and, when necessary, surgically repaired as soon as possible after the trauma.
Following injury and/or surgery, the hand therapist will assess the affected area and provide specific exercises and general advice about the injury and healing timescales. If indicated, the therapist will also fabricate a protective splint. There are usually specific precautions that the patient must follow for several weeks after the injury/surgery to allow the damaged structures to heal. These will be taught and explained by the hand therapist during each session.
On-going hand therapy is normally required and may last several weeks or months, depending on the severity of the injury and the recovery made by the patient.
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