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Wimmera residents can get affordable custom-fitted splints for hand and wrist injuries and soreness in Horsham.

The exclusive service is provided through Wimmera Health Care Group’s hand therapy team.WHCG occupational therapist Kate Cameron is providing the service and has specialist training in preparing and fitting splints.

WHCG’s Hand Therapy team includes occupational therapists and physiotherapists with specialist further education in upper limb management.Ms Cameron said WHCG was the only public service in the region with a hand therapy clinic offering the fitting service.

“Our specialist hand therapy service aims to assist clients achieve best possible outcomes following injury or disease of the hand of upper limb,” Ms Cameron said.

“Allied Health team members working within this service have extensive experience and training,” she said.

“The fact that we are a public organisation also ensures our services are easily accessible and affordable for the wider community.”

Ms Cameron’s training ensures she can help community members with customised splint fabrication and the prescription of prefabricated splints.She can provide hand splints for a variety of needs including supporting joints to rest and heal, correcting and preventing hand deformities, immobilising joints and improving the range of motion or function in your hand. She can also provide protection for your hand or wrist to wear while exercising or using repetitive movements.

Other services provided by the hand therapy clinic include scar management and education, sports injuries and rehabilitation, pain management education, hot/cold treatments, dry needling and soft tissue modalities, functional retraining, workplace injuries and return to work planning and brain ‘retraining’ using mirrors and phone apps.

WHCG’s hand therapy clinic charges standard public rates for appointments and no referral is needed to make an appointment. Phone our Allied Health team on 5381 9333 to make an appointment.

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