Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

How soon can I be seen?

I have slots for immediate online booking. Whether you are seeking an in-person session or a virtual one via video. Unlike the NHS, there are no waiting lists and I am flexible to accommodate appointment times that suit my clients’ busy lives.

Why should I see a Hand Therapist privately?

I put my clients first and I aim to make each person feel listened to. After thorough assessment of your arm or hand problem, treatment will be bespoke and focused on your individual needs. Whether you are an adult or seeking treatment for your child, no issue is too great or too small.

Do I need a GP or surgeon’s referral to see you?

Referrals from a medical professional not required! I accept self-referrals from clients for my Hand Therapy consultation and treatment services. I will liaise with your GP or hand surgeon with written updates on your request / consent.

Why see a Hand Therapist vs a Physio?

Physiotherapists are experts in treating a multitude of musculoskeletal disorders to all parts of the body. Hand Therapy can be provided by a registered Occupational Therapist (OT) or Physiotherapist (PT). As a Hand Therapist my expertise is aimed specifically on the upper limb. This includes problems suffered at shoulder, elbow, wrist or hand level. As my clinical skills are highly focused on a specific area, I guarantee your condition will be evaluated thoroughly with all treatment evidence-based.

Payment and Insurance

What payment types do you accept?

I accept BACS payments as well as all major debit or credit cards.

Do you see patients with private health insurance?

Absolutely. I am a BUPA recognised therapist and treat BUPA funded patients. Please get prior authorisation from your insurer before starting any treatment. If you would like to enquire regarding any other private health insurers for your Hand Therapy, please contact me.

How can I save money on my treatment?

I provide discounted treatment when booking into one of my specialist clinics.

Trigger Finger

If a Trigger Finger is left untreated what will happen?

Trigger finger or trigger thumb will worsen if not treated. As a Hand Therapist, I advocate early treatment as conservative management without surgery can be highly effective when started at the right stage.

Can Trigger Finger heal on its own?

In some cases, a trigger may resolve on its own. However, spontaneous resolution of symptoms is not common. Most frequently, trigger finger and trigger thumb are progressive in nature and can advance negatively over time without treatment.

Is Trigger Finger and a Dupuytren’s contracture the same?

No, a trigger finger and a Dupuytren’s contracture are not the same. These 2 diagnoses can often be confused. Dupuytren’s disease can somewhat mimic a trigger finger as nodules can also be found in the palm. However, with a trigger there is catching or locking. With a Dupuytren’s contracture there is not. Therefore, I advise you seek the expert opinion of a hand specialist if you cannot determine which ailment troubles you.

Is Hand Therapy after Trigger Finger surgery needed?

Hand Therapy after surgery to correct your trigger finger or trigger thumb can greatly optimise your functional outcome post-op. Hand Therapy can be guided by either a qualified Physiotherapist or Occupational Therapist. A Hand Therapist can provide you with appropriate advice and treatment regarding scar, pain and swelling management. Exercises and splinting may also be considered.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

What are the symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Some carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms include tingling, pins and needles, burning sensations, numbness, pain and a clumsy / weak hand.

How is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome diagnosed?

An Occupational Therapist, Physiotherapist or your GP can differentially diagnose carpal tunnel syndrome with a battery of special tests. CTS can also be diagnosed following nerve conduction study, MRI or ultrasound investigations.

What alternatives are there to Carpal Tunnel Surgery?

There are alternatives to carpal tunnel surgery. Conservative treatments can include Hand Therapy +/- steroid injection.

Is Therapy after Carpal Tunnel Surgery needed?

Hand Therapy post carpal tunnel surgery can greatly optimise your functional outcome post-op. Hand Therapy can be guided by either a qualified Physiotherapist or Occupational Therapist. A Hand Therapist can provide you with appropriate advice and treatment regarding scar / pain management and exercise prescription.