Your hand and pregnancy()

What We Can Do
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
• Orthotics
• Anti inflammatory
treatments such as
• Massage
• Ultrasound
• Joint Protection
• Education
• Swelling Control
de Quervain’s Tenosynovitis
Ultrasound (where appropriate)
Modification of activities of daily living
Trigger Finger
• Orthotics
• Massage
• Ultrasound
Action Rehab has links with
several of Melbourne’s leading
hand surgeons. If necessary,
referrals can be arranged for
surgical opinion.
Our Locations
Orthosport Victoria
Level 5 Epworth Hospital
89 Bridge Road
Richmond VIC 3121
Cabrini Hospital
Suite 31 Cabrini Hospital
Isabella Street
Malvern VIC 3144
Bayside Orthosports
99 Bay Street
Brighton VIC 3186
Blackburn Specialist Suites
195 Whitehorse Road
Blackburn VIC 3130
Glen Waverley
Epworth Specialist Suites
48 Kangan Drive
Berwick VIC 3806
Waverley Plastic Surgery
747 High Street Road
Glen Waverley VIC 3150
St Albans
Laverton North
Sunshine Private
Consulting Suites
Level 2 147 Furlong Road
St Albans VIC 3021
Kinetic Health
1/38 Little Boundary Road
Laverton North VIC 3026
Upper Limb Specialists
Hand and Wrist
Conditions during
Como Private Hospital
150 Como Parade West
Parkdale VIC 3195
ACTION REHAB Upper Limb Specialists
1300 762 227
1300 766 313
All Correspondence: PO Box 264 St Kilda VIC 3182
For further information, our referral forms, or to arrange
a patient appointment, please contact us by phone or email:
[email protected]
PHONE 1300 762 227
Pregnancy and your hand
Common Conditions
Pregnancy causes the hormone levels in
your body to change significantly, both
during pregnancy and following the
birth of your baby. Progesterone levels
are extraordinarily high which causes a
loosening of the ligaments throughout
your body and can affect the small joints
of your hand. You also have increased
fluid retention which causes swelling
around joints. This can make new mothers
more prone to conditions such as:
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Increased swelling causing
compression of a nerve in your
wrist that results in numbness,
pins and needles and hand
weakness. Can be successfully
treated and resolved following
the birth of your baby.
de Quervain’s Tenosynovitis
• Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Inflammation of the tendon
sheath in your wrist that causes
burning pain with movement of
the thumb and wrist. Pain usually
starts pre-birth and without
treatment worsens throughout
the following year.
• de Quervain’s Tenosynovitis
• Trigger Finger
• Wrist Instability
Once your baby is born...
Following the birth of your baby you will
be using your hands in many new ways
as a new mother.
Repetitive tasks such as lifting and
dressing can cause your wrist and
tendons to become painful and inflamed.
Speak to your hand therapist about
prevention strategies.
Trigger Finger/Thumb
Thickening of a tendon
that causes it to ‘catch’ when
bending and straightening your
finger/thumb. If caught early this
can be treated simply with a
small splint.