News Feed/ Blog
15 October 2023
Did you know that at Active Hand and Upper Limb Therapy we also treat scars?
At Active we have been on a mission to provide the best treatment for scars for patients all over Australia.
It seems that scars can be a forgotten concern and yet the impact of pain, loss of movement and physical appearance can hugely decrease a your quality of life.
29 July 2023
One of the great things about working and living on the Gold Coast is that it's big enough to have excellent services, but small enough that you can get to know your community. Active Hand Therapy has had a great relationship over the years working with Bond University and this is a short video about why being an Occuapational Therapist is the hot job of the moment! Starring our director, David Coles and Sarena Sidhu, one of our awesome Hand Therapists.
15 May 2023
We are a hand, wrist, elbow, arm and shoulder therapy clinic. Active Hand Therapy was established more then 15 years ago by our director, David Coles. He is a very laid back, friendly guy with an incredible knowledge of Hand and Upper Limb Therapy. He wanted to create a clinic where patients feel comfortable and relaxed all while getting the best and most highly trained therapist treatment.
8 March 2023
Breaking a bone sucks. It is not only painful, uncomfortable and inconvenient - it also puts your life and plans on hold for weeks or months. Let's look at bone healing times - Do we have to wear a cast or splint for the full 6-8 weeks? Can we get back to sport or work sooner if we have broken something? How can we maximise our chances of recovering quicker after a break? David Coles, our Active Hand Therapist guru, talks us through all things healing.
4 January 2023
We have been very busy at Active Hand Therapy over the last few years providing our Hand Therapy expertise to Bond, Griffith and Southern Cross University. Our team have lectured, ran splinting workshops and taken on students to improve the overall clinical excellence of our profession.
11 October 2022
More than 66% of over 50's have poor bone health. This can lead to fractures from minimal trauma. Think falling over a rug, a knock on the wrist or a wrong movement at the gym. Osteoporosis is one of the contributing factors of brittle bones. You don't need to break a bone to come visit us in our clinics! Read on to reduce your risk.
29 August 2022
Did you know that we are more than just a Hand Therapy business? Warning - blatant plug coming - read on for WHY you should choose us!
29 June 2022
Osteoarthritis (OA) is a chronic disease usually characterised by joint pain, stiffness and swelling. It is the most common form of arthritis in Australia. It mainly affects the hands, knees and hips however other joints can be affected. Guidelines for treatment has mainly focused on the larger joints however these recommendations cannot always be transferred to management of the hand. Read on for all the latest evidence for this specific area!
27 April 2022
A quick video explaining what makes Carpal Tunnel worse and some simple tips to prevent it!
23 February 2022
De Quervain's tenosynovitis is a painful condition affecting the tendons on the thumb side of your wrist. A common presentation is from repetitive grasping or lifting of bub!
Read on for what causes it and some treatment tips!
29 December 2021
We are hiring!
Excellent Hand Therapists apply within!
21 November 2021
Our amazing director has had a very busy few months featuring at the Gold Coast City Council Service Providers, Australian Hand Therapy Association QLD Symposium, Bond University and the QLD Hand Surgeons Conference. Not bad for a bloke from the Goldy!
15 September 2021
With the Gold Coast Titans run ending in a cliffhanger and finals footy getting down to the wire - we have been busy treating and supporting the Titans again this year.
14 July 2021
Active Hand Therapy is very proud to be involved with Bond University for another year.
7 May 2021
Patients with aged and fragile skin are at increased risk of skin tears, a significant problem for patients and the healthcare professionals who treat them. The right dressing is essential to better management.
30 March 2021
Our State of the art Hand Therapy Clinic has opened in Palm Beach!
20 January 2021
Hand Therapists treat any injury or condition from the fingers to the shoulders. They can identify the problem and provide specialised treatment options. Personalised splints, dry needling, massage, wound care, taping, electrotherapy and many more!
We are experts, passionate about getting our patients better and want to help!
27 November 2020
Osteoarthritis (OA) is a chronic disease usually characterised by joint pain, stiffness and swelling. It mainly affects the hands, knees and hips however other joints can be affected. Treatment options are usually based on symptom control. Here are some Do's and Don'ts when it comes to improving swelling and pain of Osteoarthritis of the fingers.
1 September 2020
We have temporarily moved to a new location while our new state of the art clinic is built at Palm Beach.
13 July 2020
It is official! Active Hand Therapy is bringing Hand Therapy to Northern NSW!
1 May 2020
Active Hand Therapy offers a Mobile Casting Clinic. We specialise in the treatment and care of all fractures, breaks, broken bones, sprains and wounds.
1 April 2020
Active Hand Therapy has been offering Tele-Health and Remote Services to our patients for many years. We also have a mobile clinic where our therapists can visit you at home, including a home based casting service.
28 March 2020
16 February 2020
With the weather hotting up and all the fires in Queensland and New South Wales we decided a refresher on Burns First Aid would be a 'cool' idea.
21 January 2020
What is the Rotator Cuff? I am sure many of you have wondered the same question when it is mentioned by your physio. This article explores what the Rotator Cuff is and what happens when it’s not working as intended.
7 January 2020
Active Hand Therapy has had a cracking year! We have opened new clinics and welcomed new team members along the way.
11 December 2019
Out of hundreds of applications all around Australia, Active Hand Therapy was gobsmacked to receive two finalist nominations at the Allied Health Awards in Melbourne. Here is a blatant call out for how awesome we are!!!
19 November 2019
Chances are, you have heard of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS). Many Australians suffer from CTS and experience symptoms that usually start slowly and worsen over time. It may be that a friend has a feeling of tingling or pins and needles in the fingers. Or you wake up in the morning with numbness in your hands. If left untreated it can cause muscles near the base of the thumb to waste away. So here is a little more information about Carpal Tunnel and its treatment.
16 October 2019
You are all thinking it. What does a Hand Therapist actually do?
18 September 2019
Active Hand Therapy is very excited to announce that our Coomera Hand Therapy Clinic is now open every day Monday to Friday!!
1 July 2019
8 April 2019
Big week at Active Hand Therapy taking the Bond University Occupational Therapy students and the Physiotherapy students though their splinting courses. Our director David Coles, has been running these courses, in conjunction with the Universities, for a number of years now. This year the Physios wanted a piece of the action.
30 March 2019
So something stupid has happened and you have gone and broke a bone. Or maybe it's just sprained and it hurts like hell. What happens next? Hospital? GP? Physio? Did someone say Hand Therapist?!! So clearly if it's a leg - get your arse to the hospital. But if you have an injured finger, wrist, elbow or arm - there are other places to go for treatment.
26 February 2019
17 January 2019
With the Australian Open hotting up and every man and his dog making their way to a tennis court the Active Hand Therapy team thought it would be a great time to write a post about Tennis Elbow. So whether your elbow pain is due to a mean Isner serve or just from gripping your celebratory champagne - Here are some pointers on this niggling injury.
7 December 2018
There is more and more research coming out that suggests Mindfulness and Relaxation techniques can reduce pain and anxiety after injury. We have a few favorite apps at Active Hand Therapy that can help - Anyone in need of some Zen time?
21 November 2018
28 October 2018
Are you someone who loves the Gym, CrossFit, Gymnastics or Yoga? Then chances are you have experienced wrist pain that has impacted your training.
1 October 2018
It's not everyday you get a phone call from Patty Welsh wanting to know who Dave Coles is and why he hasn't heard of him before?
9 September 2018
15 August 2018
With only a few more weeks left of the NRL season for 2018 the therapists have been busy treating and supporting the Titans again this year.
15 July 2018
NAIDOC Week 2018 will be held nationally from Sunday 8th July and continue through to Sunday 15th July. This year it spotlights the invaluable contributions Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women make to our communities and families. It is also a perfect time to reflect on aboriginal health and the gap that still exists for Indigenous Australians
13 June 2018
We all know the benefits of washing our hands but do we know what the latest guidelines suggest and why?
10 May 2018
Last month Active Hand Therapy ran a course for a group of Occupational Therapy students from Bond University.
15 April 2018
So seriously what is the treatment for bluebottle stings? Seawater? Hotwater? Vinegar? Coldwater? Guess what, it has changed again! We get our resident pharmacist to review the evidence.
3 April 2018
Did you know that in some sports women are 6 times more likely to sustain injuries than their male counterparts? Mikayla Southam, one of our specialist hand physiotherapists explains some of the reasons behind this trend.
9 March 2018
Sally Pearson has come a long way from her wrist injury back in 2015. She is now a dual world champion after winning the final of the 100m hurdles at the World Athletics Championships in London. In the leadup to the Commonwealth Games, David Coles, director of Active Hand Therapy, talks about her recovery.
18 February 2018
13 February 2018
Did you know that we have a specialised finger, hand, wrist and arm fracture clinic?
24 October 2017
1 October 2017
Need to develop static splinting skills? Our workshop is on again. Book now on (07) 5526 4066 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. for our October 2017 workshop at our Southport clinic.
24 August 2017
27 July 2017
13 June 2017
Luke McCarron has recently completed his Hand Therapist Certification. This worldwide commision only recognises an elite few who undergo rigorous advanced testing and Active Hand Therapy could not be any more proud of this down to earth therapist.
11 June 2017
Gary Ablett took the Gold Coast Suns to another win this weekend even with his injured thumb. David, our director, has an avid passion for all things football having played for many years himself. With his vast knowledge he has perfected the form vs function for these supportive splints.
1 June 2017
This year Hand Therapy Awareness Week is celebrating the 'Art and Science of Hand Therapy' and is held from 5-11 June 2017
5 May 2017
7 April 2017
Active Hand Therapy is very proud to be involved with the first cohort of Bond University's GEMS Occupational Therapy students.
14 February 2017
1 October 2016
Need to develop static splinting skills? Book now on (07) 5526 4066 or email: email@example.com. for our October 2016 workshop at our Southport clinic.
30 September 2016
Ash Taylor has won the Daly M Medal for rookie of the year despite his finger injury.
30 September 2016
Active Hand and Upper Limb Physiotherapist Mikayla Southam has recently published a retrospective cohort study of QuickDASH scores for common acute trauma conditions presenting for Hand Therapy
5 September 2016
Congratulations to Jarrod Harbrow winning the Sun's Club Champion Award.
6 March 2016
23 February 2016
Members of our staff recently visited Melbourne to attend Action Rehab Sports Injury Symposium. David Coles, our director, was also a guest lecturer at the event. Some interesting new ideas were taken on board by the team in managing sports injuries.
28 January 2018
In part two Dee looks more specifically at the Physical Therapies and Hand Therapy in particular in the Chinese Healthcare system.
29 November 2017
Our directors, David and Deanna Coles, recently had the pleasure of visiting China to present some lectures and workshops on Hand Therapy and Orthopaedic medicines. During the visits, they gleaned many insights into the eastern perspective of healthcare and physical therapies.This month, Dee shares some of her reflections regarding the Chinese healthcare system.
16 September 2015
Welcome to our new Active Hand Therapy news feed/ blog. Active Hand Therapy is a private hand and upper limb practice located on the Gold Coast, providing specialised Hand Therapy services to our clients. It has been operating since 2009 and has been the premier hand clinic on the Gold Coast for many years.
31 December 2008
We are a hand, wrist, elbow, arm and shoulder therapy clinic. Active Hand Therapy was established more then 10 years ago by our director, David Coles. He is a very laid back, friendly guy with an incredible knowledge of Hand and Upper Limb Therapy. He wanted to create a clinic where patients feel comfortable and relaxed all while getting the best and most highly trained therapist treatment.