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What is meant by hand and arm problems?

Hand and arm problems are when you have difficulty using the hand or arm to complete normal tasks you were once able to do. People with neurological conditions may have problems with their hands due to paralysis, muscle wastage, nerve problems, lack of sensation or muscle weakness.

Fuctional mobility exercises for the hand, wrist and arm assisted by an experienced physiotherapistAbove: Fuctional mobility exercises for the hand, wrist and arm assisted by an experienced physiotherapist

How can physiotherapy benefit you?

Physiotherapy can be beneficial for a person who experiences hand and arm problems as a result of neurological problems in the following ways:
  • Help you to get your arm in a better position.
  • Help to make your hand/arm more functional.
  • Make you feel more confident in coping independently.
  • Help you to become independent with your daily activities such as brushing, washing, dressing, cooking.
  • Improving your co-ordination in your upper limb.
  • Reduce your risk of injury around your home.
  • Improving your upper limb strength.
Where possible our specialist Neurological physiotherapists at will help you to become more independent with using your hands and arms. They will also help you to maintain your arm in the best possible position. This will keep the muscles and joints in your arm healthy.

What physiotherapy treatments help people who are having problems with their hands and arms?

There are various treatments that physiotherapists may carry out with people who are having difficulty with their hands and arms. A structures program tailored to your needs will be developed between you and your physiotherapist so that you get the most out of your treatment. Your treatment at may involve:
  • Saebo upper limb arm rehabilitation.
  • Fine motor control exercises e.g doing up buttons/cuff and writing
  • Contracture management.
  • Upper body mobility exercises
  • Active and passive stretching for the upper limb
  • Provide you with necessary equipment to help you with your daily activities at home.
  • Re-education of tasks involving the upper limb.
  • Co-ordination work.
Our physiotherapists at commonly treat people who are having hand and arm problems as a result of stroke, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, head injury or other neurological problems.


Hand and arm problems are when you have difficulty using the hand or arm doing tasks you were once able to do this could be that your hand/arm is in a different position to how it normally would be.. Physiotherapy is beneficial in anyone who suffers from hand or arm problems as a result of a neurological condition.

To book an appointment at or for further information on how we can help you with your hand and arm problems, please call 0330 088 7800.

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