When you have a wound from a surgery, laceration, or infection it needs special attention to recover. Most wounds recover in the repair phase of healing, which is approximately three weeks. Our therapists (physiotherapists) look after your wounds by providing dressings that are applied with a sterile technique to avoid infection. The wounds are cleaned with sterile saline solution and special swabs. Old dressings are removed to maintain healing. Any stubborn dressing that may be stuck to the wound is carefully removed with soaking to prevent pain and keep the wound intact.
At The Hands Physio we use Mepital – a silicon dressing that doesn’t stick to the wound and promotes wound healing. We have other specialised dressings to use if your wound requires them. The dressing is then completed with a product to minimise swelling and promote blood flow. This will either be handy gauze, Coban and or a Tub-grip. We like to monitor wounds every second to third day.
Once there is initial closure of the wounds our therapists recommend the use of a silicon product to minimise adverse scar formation. Therapeutic scar massage is also provided to ensure supple, malleable scar results.
Our strength is in Diagnosis, Education and Custom Treatment Programs.
Every individual is assessed thoroughly and given an accurate diagnosis from their history and initial presentation of symptoms. Progress is re-assessed around three weeks to confirm diagnosis. If an injury is not tracking as expected from normal tissue healing time frames and there are no reasons for lack of progress, consultation with the team happens to check diagnosis and progress is accurate.
Injuries are explained in detail to each patient. Diagrams are drawn and photos of conditions are given. Patients are encouraged to ask questions, so they are fully informed of their condition or injury. Expectations like when to return to work, sport, music, and driving are given. Our therapists come alongside the patient to develop individual treatment programs, set up in conjunction with the patients’ goals and expectations.
Every patient contributes to their treatment program and what they are able to do, so they are actively involved in their rehabilitation.