Work Related Injuries Of The Hand, Wrist & Elbow
The “Work-Related Hand And Wrist Injuries in Australia” report (July 2008) stated that “work-related hand and wrist injuries are the most common work-related injury type... in the Australian workforce” and are “a very common cause of work-related injury presentation to emergency departments in Australia” resulting in 8400 admissions to hospital per year.
And since our hands play an integral role in our ability to work, work-related injuries, or conditions affecting the fingers, hands, wrist and elbow can have a devastating impact on our ability to work and provide for ourselves and our families, causing a negative impact on our emotional state.
Common Workplace Injuries Affecting Upper Limb
Common workplace injuries of the upper limb or conditions of the fingers, hands, wrists & elbows that affect the ability to work include:
- Trigger Finger
- Nerve conditions including: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Wear / overuse injuries (or Repetitive Strain Injury) including: Tennis Elbow,
- Degenerative conditions including Golfer’s Elbow, Arthritis Dupuytren’s disease, DeQuevain's Syndrome
- Fractures (of the fingers, wrist, hand)
- Dislocation of the wrist and fingers
- Crushing of the hand and wrist
- Traumatic amputation
How can Work Related Injuries of the Finger / Hand / Wrist / Elbow Treated?
We will undertake a comprehensive assessment of your finger / hand / wrist injury or condition affecting your ability to work, and work with you to design the optimal treatment plan to allow you to achieve your rehabilitation goals. We can also develop a gradual return to work program as part of the rehabilitation of your injured hand. If you have sustained a work-related injury and progressing through the worker’s compensation system.
Treatment of the injury to your hand could include:
- exercises to improve joint stiffness or build strength
- or a custom made orthosis to help support or repair damaged tissues
- education on how to rehabilitate the injury and how to prevent injury in the future
We can also perform worksite assessments and provide postural, ergonomic recommendations to facilitate safe transition back to work.
I Have Injured My Hand At Work - What Should I Do?
If you have injured your hand at work, Central Victorian Hand Therapy can assist you to rehabilitate the injury. We can work with your GP, specialist or surgeon and develop with therapies that aid with your recovery post surgery and provide advice on how to prevent further injury at your workplace. We work with compensation bodies and employers to support workers make a safe return to work.
Please note, patients who want to refer themselves are welcome to do so. You only need a referral if you are funded under Workcover, TAC, The Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA), or you are on a Management Plan such as the Enhanced Primary Care Plan from your doctor.