Hand therapy


The team

Our hand therapy team includes qualified occupational therapists (OT’s) and physiotherapists (PT’s) who undertake post graduate training in the management of acquired hand conditions and trauma.

Contact Information

Hand Therapy Department Royal Preston Hospital

01772 522876

Hand Therapy Department Chorley and South Ribble Hospital

01257 245763


We treat inpatients and outpatients within the Preston and South Ribble district and due to the Trusts status as a major trauma centre we are also able to offer a service to patients within the tertiary boundaries of Lancashire and South Cumbria

Referrals are received from six plastic consultants and two orthopaedic hand consultants.

Please be aware that if you fail to attend an appointment you may be discharged from the hand therapy service.

Treatment programmes

Treatment programmes are tailored to individual needs. To achieve the best outcomes it is important that patients are actively involved in their treatment programme and participate in a home exercise programme.

We treat a wide range of hand conditions, including:

  • Fractures,
  • Joint dislocations,
  • Tendon, nerve and soft tissue injuries,
  • Burns,
  • Arthritis,
  • Joint replacements, and
  • Elective surgical procedures.

Hand therapy interventions include:

  • Manual therapy                                                         
  • Exercise programmes 
  • Dynamic and static splinting                                                    
  • Scar & oedema management                                              
  • Pre and post operative assessment/treatment                            
  • Sensory re-education/desensitisation
  • Functional assessment/advice re return to work and recreational activity
  • Electrotherapy
  • Computerised Upper Limb Exerciser
  • Acupuncture

Patient experience

Patient experience following plastic surgery and hand therapy