Hand Therapy

Conditions Treated

  • Acute Hand Trauma: i.e. fractures, dislocations, sprains, lacerations, tendons/nerves, crush injuries, burns, replantations
  • Overuse and Pain presentations
  • Sports Injuries of elbow, forearm, wrist, and hand
  • Post-operative Hand Surgery; i.e. Dupuytrens, joint replacements, repairs and reconstructions of tendons and nerves
  • Arthritic conditions of the hand
  • Paediatric and neurological hands

Treatment Techniques

  1. Assessment and treatment planning includes realistic, patient focused goal setting and education.
  2. Therapeutic intervention may include:
    • Splinting and strapping application
    • Pain management and neural modulation
    • Reduction of Swelling
    • Wound care
    • Scar management and remodeling
    • Massage and manual therapy techniques
    • Soft tissue, tendon, joint and nerve mobilisation
    • Muscle re-education and
    • Muscle strengthening
    • Exercise prescription
    • Restoration of function
    • Acupuncture
    • Desensitisation and Sensory re-education
    • Neural mobilisation
    • Posture and ergonomic advice
    • Functional hand assessment

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Our Hand Therapists

Meet our talented team of Hand Therapists on board at Unisports.

Angela toemen

Angela Toemen

Angela studied and worked as a Hand Therapist in the UK, working at Chelsea and Westminster followed by St Thomas’ NHS Hospitals. She treated chronic and acute trauma and post surgical injuries. Angela also conducted research and has published papers on metacarpal fractures and wrist strength post trauma.

Angela has been involved in developing an educational tool for FIFA on hand and wrist injuries. She is also a lecturer at AUT for the post graduate Hand Therapy programme.

Moana cameron

Moana Cameron

Moana joined Handworks in 2007 on her return from overseas. She began working with Hand surgery patients in 1986 at Middlemore Hospital.  She spent ten years in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (1997 – 2007) during which time she set up a Hand Therapy Unit at the National Guard Hospital, training Saudi physiotherapists in the specialty.

Since her return to NZ she has studied and passed her CHT (US exam) in order to become a NZ Registered Hand Therapist, and is a valued member of the Handworks team, not just for her clinical skills, but also for her pearls of wisdom and wonderful sense of humour. Once she can drag herself away from the dreaded paperwork, Moana enjoys kapa haka, art and design, and dance. She has three grown-up children in France, Japan and soon to be London, so it is no surprise she has a yearning to travel more.