Alleviate Your Hand, Elbow, & Wrist Pain

Hands are an essential part of your everyday life. When they aren’t functioning properly and causing you pain, you aren’t yourself. The simplest tasks – washing your hands, brushing your teeth, getting dressed, cooking, and driving – become burdensome and frustrating.

Our team wants to help you alleviate pain in your hands, elbows, fingers, and wrists by promoting healing and maximising their function. We want to get you back to the everyday activities, sports, and hobbies that are meaningful to you. Your hands are too essential to life. Don’t ignore the pain. Let us help you find relief.

Grip strength test by hand therapist at The Rehab Centre

Personalised Hand & Upper Limb Treatment

Hand therapy is a specialised healthcare service which focuses on the rehabilitation of the upper limb – namely the elbow, forearm, wrist, hand, fingers and thumb. Wherever you’re experiencing pain, our expert hand therapist will work with you to identify the root cause of your pain and treat it through a variety of rehabilitation techniques. We’ll work closely with the referring hand or orthopaedic surgeon to develop a safe and effective programme so you can get back to doing what you love as soon as functionally possible.

Hand therapy and treatment plans may include:

  • Advice and Education: Nothing can be more helpful when you begin to understand what is causing your pain and discomfort and you will be more able to take charge of your recovery and your life.
  • Exercises: An exercise programme can help you regain strength, range of motion, and reduce stiffness. We’ll introduce helpful exercises and send you home with a personalised programme.
  • Pain Management: While we will aim to alleviate pain, understanding how to manage hand pain properly will aid in overall recovery and help you take control of your hand condition.
  • Functional Retraining: We’ll ensure that you’re able to perform common tasks and activities which you love, as well as prepare you for your return to work.
  • Manual Therapy: Soft tissue massage and trigger point release therapy are hands-on techniques that help to break adhesions, improve circulation, and optimise muscle function.
  • Heat Therapy: Heat application can relieve hand pain and stiffness by relaxing tissue, increasing blood flow, and improving the production of joint fluid.
  • Ultrasound Therapy: Ultrasound can improve grip strength through the reduction of stiffness, swelling and pain in the joints.
  • Ergonomics Advice: We’ll discuss your posture and review your workstation setup to prevent future injuries and issues.

Customised Splinting Services

We also provide customised splinting services for both upper and lower limbs. Splints can be used to immobilise and protect/support injured structures and joints, as well as to aid in improving joint mobility. These splints are fabricated on the spot by our hand therapist and can be adjusted and customised to ensure that they are a comfortable fit.

Hand splint by hand therapist at The Rehab Centre

Common Hand & Upper Limb Injuries We Treat

Meet Our Principal Hand Therapist

Joanna Lim obtained her Diploma in Occupational Therapy with Merit from Nanyang Polytechnic in 2006. Under the MOH Health Science Scholarship, she graduated from La Trobe University (Melbourne, Australia) with a Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy (1st class Honours) the following year. Upon graduation, she worked in Changi General Hospital and Sengkang General Hospital. With more than 15 years of experience in this field, Joanna has worked with hand surgeons and orthopaedic doctors in both inpatient and outpatient settings. During her tenures at CGH and SKGH, Joanna was a Senior Occupational Therapist and held the role of Hand Therapy and Upper Limb Rehabilitation Unit Leader.

In the course of her practice, Joanna witnessed first-hand the deep impact that hand and upper limb injuries can have on people’s lives. She strongly believes that good ergonomics practices often go hand-in-hand with therapeutic interventions. With this in mind, Joanna pursued her post-graduate studies in ergonomics in 2015. She was awarded a Master of Science in Health Ergonomics with Merit from University of Derby (UK) and served as the Ergonomics workgroup leader during her stint at CGH.

She is a proponent of client-centred care and advocacy, striving to ensure that her treatment plans are customised to the needs of each unique individual. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, running, reading, travelling, as well as the occasional binge-watching of Netflix. You can find Joanna at our Bukit Timah Clinic.

FAQ

Will Hand Therapy hurt?
The goal of Hand Therapy is to reduce pain and help you regain normal function of your upper limb. That being said, sometimes working muscles and stretching joints may cause soreness or discomfort after the treatment is over, but any tenderness usually dissipates within a day or two.

Our Hand Therapist will work within your pain threshold to help you heal, and restore movement and function. It is therefore important that you communicate the intensity, frequency and duration of pain to the therapist so that she can adjust your treatment plan if required.

I just had my operation, when will I be able to start my rehabilitation?
If you have just undergone an operation, our Hand Therapist will liaise closely with your referring hand or orthopaedic surgeon to develop a safe and effective rehabilitation program so that you can return to normal function as soon as medically possible.
Do I need a doctor’s referral to see the hand therapist?
In Singapore, it is not mandatory to get a doctor’s referral to see a hand therapist. If our hand therapist feels that you require a specialist doctor’s input after assessing your condition, she will refer you accordingly.

Some health insurers may also require either a GP or specialist doctor’s referral before they authorise coverage of therapy fees. Please check with your insurance company if you require any clarification.

What do I need to bring to a Hand Therapy session?
Please bring along your doctor’s referral form or memo if you have one, as well as any records of medical investigations (e.g. X-Ray reports, MRI or CT scan reports) that have been done when attending your first Hand Therapy session.
How long is each session?
Each Hand Therapy session usually lasts between 30 minutes to 1 hour, depending on your condition, progress and type of treatment required.
What can I expect at my first session?
During your first session, our hand therapist will obtain pertinent medical information from you and do an initial assessment of your condition. Our therapist will then customise a treatment plan and home exercise programme (if needed) based on your specific condition, symptoms and needs. She is also happy to answer any questions you may have regarding your condition and will advise you on how you should manage and care for your condition.

About The Rehab Centre

The Rehab Centre is a group of like-minded Allied Health Professionals (AHPs), aspiring to provide high quality, accessible, and ethical care to our patients – all in one place. Having to visit various centres for different health and wellness needs can be a hassle. Recovering from an injury can often involve multiple referrals, appointments in different places, and phone calls that consist primarily of hold music.

The Rehab Centre was born out of a desire to provide a one-stop care centre for your health and wellness needs. Come visit us and we’ll help you move toward your goals.

Recover Fully

Whether you were recently injured or have been dealing with a disorder, our team of specialists is well equipped to help you recover to your fullest potential.

Meet Health Goals

Meet your wellness goals through our pilates classes and fitness training by building strength, improving conditioning, and taking control over your body.

Meet at Home

We listen first and prescribe second. You won’t be judged at The Rehab Centre – only welcomed, encouraged, and pushed to be the best version of yourself.

Save Time & Hassle

Don’t worry about jumping through referral hoops and having to schedule appointments at multiple clinics. We can help you meet a wide range of health and wellness goals all under one roof.

What Our Hand Therapy Patients Are Saying

Long overdue review for my hand-therapist Joanna. I can say with 100% certainty that Joanna is probably one of the most professional and caring hand therapist out there. She’s sincerely invested in her patients’ well-being. She’s also very patient and happy to answer any queries I may have on my exercises even over text. Couldn’t have asked for a better hand therapist to aid me in my recovery process!

– Eik Kar

Joanna’s sessions have been an essential part of my wrist rehabilitation and recovery journey. After my TFCC wrist operation, she has been meticulous and patient in planning out my rehab program, giving me clear instructions and exercises to work on every session. She is also very encouraging, setting goals and helping me look forward to achieve the next milestone. I’m very thankful for all her help and my wrist is back to 100% functionality! =)

– HL Lee

Excellent!! Injured my wrist and with Joanna (hand therapist) helped, I am now fully recovered and is able to perform my daily activities and exercises. Highly recommend!!

– BW

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