Physiotherapy for the hand, wrist and elbow

The Studio is the only ACC-contracted provider for hand therapy in Queenstown. That means we provide the best care and ACC helps you out with the bills – which can be a crucial difference if you’re off work because of your injury.

There’s a reason hand therapists are so scarce. Our high level of specialisation requires further post graduate education and clinical experience. However, the extra work we put in leads to advanced skills in assessment, diagnosis, management and splinting of conditions of the hand and upper limb.

A few of the conditions we commonly see:

  • Acute hand and upper limb trauma – fractures, dislocations, sprains, crush or laceration injuries
  • Sporting injuries – Mountain biking, skiing, snowboarding, climbing, netball etc
  • Chronic hand and upper limb problems
  • Post-operative – hand, elbow, wrist surgery
  • Arthritic conditions
  • Nerve injuries and compressions – e.g carpal tunnel
  • Connective tissue disorders – e.g. Dupuytrens
  • Tendon injuries – e.g. golfers and tennis elbow
  • Pain conditions
  • Scar and wound management

Some of the services we provide:

  • Custom-made splinting
  • Fitting of off-the-shelf orthotics
  • Manual and manipulative therapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Wound and scar management
  • Swelling management
  • Desensitisation and sensory education programmes
  • Strengthening and rehabilitation programmes
  • Functional assessment/activities
  • Postural and ergonomic assessment and advice
  • Neurological hand assessment, mobilisation and modulation
  • Muscle re-education and muscle balancing
  • Education and advice

At The Studio we work closely with GPs, Plastic and Orthopaedic surgeons, accident clinics, ACC, private insurers and other allied health professionals; to help with delivering any further ongoing hand therapy and treatment.