Our Services

Our physiotherapists will provide a comprehensive assessment and an extensive treatment plan.

We will take the time to explain your condition and give you the one-on-one hands-on care you deserve. As part of your health team, we will communicate, with your consent, with your physician, surgeon or other healthcare providers as requested by you.

Our goal is to help you achieve a timely return to optimum health and the activities you enjoy!

Hand Therapy

Splinting & Bracing


Hand Therapy

We know that people value the use of their hands. We’re here to help you restore function and return to the activities you enjoy!

Hand Conditions

Assessing and treating conditions of the hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder is what we do! These may be musculoskeletal and neurological injuries, chronic or overuse injuries, or acute injuries. Resulting conditions may include:

  • Hand and finger fractures
  • Wrist and elbow fractures
  • Dislocations
  • Joint sprains
  • Lacerations
  • Post-operative repair of tendon, ligament or nerve injuries
  • Trigger finger/thumb
  • Amputations
  • Mallet Finger
  • Boutoniere Finger
  • DeQuervain’s Tenosynovitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Tendonitis
  • Arthoplasty
  • Joint Fusion
  • Dupytren’s Contracture
  • Arthritis


On your first visit, your Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) will conduct a thorough assessment or your injury, condition or concern. You will be provided with a treatment plan designed specifically for you. Along the way, we will take the time to ensure you understand your condition and feel confident as you move forward in your recovery.

Orthopaedic and plastic surgeons often refer clients to CHT’s for splinting, exercises, edema management or scar control after surgery. We interact with these specialized hand surgeons so that you will receive the best possible post-operative care.

CHTs have extensive training, knowledge and experience in the rehabilitation of the upper extremity. To aid in your recovery, your CHT may employ a variety of techniques and treatment tools including:

  • Brace selection or splint fabrication
  • Edema management
  • Soft tissue mobilization
  • Manual therapy mobilization
  • Exercises
  • Compression therapy
  • Scar management
  • Desensitization
  • Joint protection
  • Taping techniques
  • Modalities

Custom Splinting

Custom splints/orthoses are made using low heat thermoplastics that softens when heated. The plastic is then custom moulded to support the area of injury. As it cools it hardens, providing a perfectly fitting splint.

Alterations in the days or weeks following the initial fabrication can be made. No need to purchase a new device. The necessary adjustments are done by re-heating the thermoplastic.

Brace Fitting

We carry a supply of the prefabricated braces that we recommend. Prefabricated braces usually have some type of fabric or other soft material with a metal or plastic support sewn inside.

It can be overwhelming to shop for a brace and find the right one. We can help simplify this process. We have selected and carry several quality soft and rigid braces for the elbow, wrist, hand, thumb and fingers.


Physiotherapy can get you moving after an injury or prevent a chronic condition from worsening. A physiotherapy assessment will help to identify the problem and develop a treatment program. This will include hands on treatment, identifying ways to manage it, and a home exercise program.

Insurance Coverage

At Handworks Physiotherapy and Hand Clinic we work closely with you to ensure the care and treatment you receive meets the requirements needed to satisfy your insurer. We will help you with the process and paperwork.

Private Insurance

We direct bill for most extended health care plans!
Let us help you reduce your paperwork and out-of-pocket expenses for your treatment.

Contact us if you are unsure if we can direct bill to your extended health provider.

Worksafe BC

Involved in a workplace injury? If you have been injured: let your employer know, see a physician and inform them it was a work-related injury, and report your injury to WorkSafe BC to get a claim number. Handworks Physiotherapy and Hand Clinic is part of the WorkSafe BC Provider Network which enables us to treat work related injuries. With an accepted WCB claim there is no cost to the injured worker.

At your first appointment, we will need:

  • WSBC claim number
  • Personal health number from your BC Services Card
  • Date of injury
  • Name and contact information of your claim adjuster
  • Name and contact information of your employer


Involved in a vehicle accident? We are here to help you recover! If you have an approved claim, ICBC covers 25 visits if treatment is initiated within 12 weeks of the accident. There is no cost to you as the full amount for your treatments is direct billed to ICBC.

At your first appointment, please have with you:

  • ICBC claim number
  • Personal health number from your BC Services Card
  • Date of injury
  • Name and contact information of your claim adjuster