Following amputation we help you to get feeling and use of your hand back.
At Adelaide & Hills Hand Therapy we commonly see those who have traumatically lost the tip of their finger or thumb. And the prognosis for most people is excellent. We also help those with more significant loss, for example total thumb amputation, half and full hand amputation and amputation through the forearm.
We know that our hands are instrumental to carrying out our work & hobbies, they touch, create and help us express ourselves. And we see our hands more often than other of our own body parts. Sudden loss of a part of a finger, thumb, hand or arm can be a very stressful time. Thankfully we offer expertise which can help guide you through the recovery process.
Clients are often referred directly from their surgeon for hand therapy. And the course of therapy will be determined by the level of the amputation and degree to which the loss has caused difficulty managing daily tasks.
We educate people about how to best look after their scar, before and after stitches are taken out. We help model the scar so that it is flat, smooth and pain-free. Maintaining movement in all joints where safe is very important early on. As is maximising functional use of the involved hand / arm.
Sensitivity over the stump and sometimes the missing part of the body (phantom pain) is not uncommon. There are a number of techniques we introduce to desensitise the scar and surrounding tissues, to ensure people can get back to using their hand / arm as normally as possible, and quickly as possible.
When a functional or aesthetic prosthesis is required, we refer clients to prosthetic manufacturers and suppliers in SA, or further afield if necessary. When there is significant loss, early fitting of a prosthesis is recommended, as it helps the brain to adapt to the feel and mechanics of the prosthesis quickly.