In the field of hand surgery, diagnostics is an important part of the treatment of hand injuries and diseases. Diagnostics involves the examination of the hands by a hand surgeon. Depending on the problem and the complaint, different diagnostic procedures can be used to make an exact diagnosis or to set up a treatment plan. X-rays and ultrasound are the first-line tools that hand surgeons use to reach a more precise diagnosis. Computer tomography and magnetic resonance imaging offer further diagnostic options.
Therapy in hand surgery includes a variety of treatment options, each with the aim of restoring the function of the hand. Often, injuries and diseases can be treated conservatively, i.e. without surgery. Injections may also help in certain cases. Depending on the problem, however, surgery is often the most effective treatment. Various surgical procedures are used, including arthroscopy and minimally invasive procedures. We work closely with our occupational therapists to ensure optimal outcomes, both with conservative treatments and after surgery.
3. Occupational therapy
Hand therapy is a specialised discipline within the field of occupational therapy, focussing on the treatment of injuries and diseases of the hand. From measures to reduce swelling and treat inflammation, to complex follow-up treatments after hand surgery, occupational therapists develop individual treatment plans to rehabilitate and improve hand function. This is accomplished with various physical and manual techniques. One important and rather specialised technique is the construction of splints. Our occupational therapists build personalised splints for our patients and adapt them to their individual hands. This type of therapy is used to improve results after surgery, to prevent complications and to enable optimal recovery and restoration of hand function.
The most common diseases and injuries to the hands are:
Arthrosis or osteoarthritis
Ligament injury (e.g. Skier’s thumb, scapholunate ligament tear)
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS)
Bone tumours (enchondroma, osteochondroma, osteosarcoma)
Cubital tunnel syndrome (ulnar neuropathy)
Tendovaginitis (inflammation of the tendon sheath)
Trigger finger (stenosing tenosynovitis)
The best solution approaches often emerge during personal conversations. We are happy to take the time to discuss your personal concerns and develop an individual plan to enable you to achieve your goals.