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Hand Infections Hand Therapy
“Working with a knowledgeable hand therapist can make the difference between success and failure in complex hand surgical cases. The therapist extends the continuum of our care, as well as functioning as coach and trainer for our patients.”
Marybeth Ezaki, MD, Past President, American Society for Surgery of the Hand
In Phoenix Rehab, our senior hand therapists are experienced licensed and dedicated therapists (physiotherapists and/or occupational therapists) who specialized ONLY in the rehabilitation, treatment and management of painful fingers, hands, wrists, forearm & elbow conditions, because of interest, passion and expertise.
Example of an infection of the fingernail called a “paronychia”
Our human hand can easily be injured during everyday activities, and the reason for this is that we use our hands every day, all the time, to engage and participate in life.
- preparing food and cutting and slicing
- using a phone
- typing on keyboard
- carrying and taking care of children and loved ones
- engaging in physical activities and sports
- and more
Any trauma to the hand, especially an injury that breaks the skin, may introduce invasive and damaging bacteria into the area that can cause an infection.
Hand infections can happen anywhere on/in the hand which includes
- the nail
- the tendons and their coverings
- the joints and
- other structures deep within the hand
What are the symptoms of a hand infection?
Symptoms of a hand infection include
- pus and
- loss of motion (loss of movement)
Some finger infections can force or cause the finger to be held in a bent position and extreme pain is felt if the finger is forced to straighten.
A hand infection, if not treated early, can cause severe problems, such as
- stiffness in the wrist and fingers (can even cause contractures, which is permanent stiffness)
- decrease in hand strength and
- loss of tissues such as skin, nerve and bone
An infection near the knuckle of a middle finger showing redness and pus
What are the causes of a hand infection?
A simple cut or scrape that is not kept clean or a splinter left in a finger can lead to one's finger or hand developing infection.
One of the most common cause of hand infections occurs when bacteria from the mouth of a person or animal gets into the body after the skin is broken. This may occur when the knuckle is split open by the edge of a tooth or after a cat or dog bite.
Cellulitis is the result of a skin injury such as a
- insect bites or
- from a healing surgery incision
In some cases, it can spread into the bloodstream and cause serious problems such as
Other hand infections are the result of herpes virus or even some bone diseases.
What is the treatment for a hand infection?
Your doctor may run tests to determine the type of bacteria causing the infection in order to decide how to treat it.
- Some simpler hand infections can be treated with antibiotics and rest.
- Others may require more involved treatments to drain the infection or remove infected or dead tissue and allow the skin to heal without complications.
Hand therapy is usually recommended in more complicated hand infection cases.
What can a hand therapist do for me?
Our senior hand therapist is an important team member in the treatment of hand infections.
Hand therapy treatment may include
- wound care (dressing changes)
- range of motion exercises
- strengthening exercises
The hand therapist may fabricate an orthosis to protect the injured area of the hand.
An orthosis might also be made to improve joint motion once the infection is gone. Our senior hand therapist’s goals are to assist the patient to regain as much motion, strength and function in their hand after a hand infection.
Custom-made finger orthosis for a healing finger infection
Patients may also receive the following hand therapy treatment modalities:
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Phoenix Rehab physio Services
Phoenix Rehab Group works with specialist
physiotherapists and rehab therapists who are highly
trained, qualified, experienced and passionate to provide high level of
expert care to our patients.
PHYSIOTHERAPY & PHYSICAL THERAPY
HAND THERAPY & SPLINTING
Patients who sustained injuries to their elbows, forearms, hands, wrists
(sprains and fractures) and fingers, and requires Hand Therapy to increase the function of their hand
following injuries or post-operations as well as custom made hand splints.
Commonly treated hand pain injuries includes
CLINICAL PILATES & WELLNESS PILATES
Clinical Pilates is a form of physical exercise that focuses on posture,
core stability, balance, control, strength, flexibility, and breathing. It is a system of safe and effective exercises, which
meet specific individual needs, to treat a wide range of injuries
You may do Pilates as matwork or with the reformer or both, and every session will be customized 100% to your fitness, injury and tolerance.
TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE (TCM)
All our allied health therapists and TCM physicians are fully insured and registered with Allied Health Professions Council (AHPC) and Traditional Chinese Medicine Board (TCMB).
See our entire team here with introductions and their specializations.
At the first session, our specialist physiotherapists will carry out a thorough
assessment, helping them to select the most appropriate treatment to
help you recover as well as provide treatment in the same session.
Follow up sessions are inline to provide
expert treatment for your pain as well as prescribing specific
exercises to reduce your risk of re-injury and giving you a long term
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