Hand Therapy

If you have an injury or condition that affects the use or movement of your elbow, forearm, wrist or hand, we have some expert physiotherapists in our team who can help you.  Helen is a NZ Registered Hand Therapist and has specialist qualifications which allow her to accurately assess and treat your hand or lower arm. We are now thrilled to welcome Jenni Walker to our Hand Therapy team.  Jenni has been working at Pukekohe Physiotherapy for the past 9 years and is now undertaking her hand therapy training at AUT. 


Whether you have pins and needles in your hand, have wrist/thumb pain after lifting your baby, have fallen and sprained your wrist, or you have caught your finger playing netball or rugby, then Helen and Jenni can help you recover.

Our hand team liaises closely with hand specialists/surgeons and other health professionals, so if we are unable to help you, we will be able to refer you onto someone who can. 

Some of the common elbow, forearm, wrist or hand injuries and hand conditions we treat are:

  • Fractures

  • Joint sprains and dislocations

  • Sports injuries

  • Tendon injures

  • Overuse injuries

  • Pain conditions

  • Post-operative care

  • Osteoarthritis

  • Nerve compressions, including carpal tunnel

  • CRPS

The treatments we offer are:

  • Splint making

  • Scar management

  • Pain management

  • Acupuncture

  • Massage

  • Exercises – Stretches and strengthening

  • Advice on safely returning to work and sport

We are very lucky that Helen and Jenni are also highly experienced general physiotherapists who can competently treat any co-existing shoulder, neck, back and lower limb problems you may have.

At Pukekohe Physiotherapy we treat both ACC and non-ACC (private) patients.  No doctors referral is needed which means you can come directly to us with your injury/condition. We can lodge ACC claims and refer for investigations as needed.

Our clinic holds a specialised Hand Therapy ACC contract. This means there is no charge for your hand appointments or hand splints if you have an ACC injury.  Private patients (non ACC) will incur a charge. The cost of materials and splinting will be added to this.  If you are unsure if your problem will be covered by ACC, please ask our receptionists about accident criteria.