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Understanding common hand injuries

Best practice

  • Understand the general recovery timeframe for common work-related hand injuries, and be aware that each worker’s circumstances, and their injury, are unique.
  • Keep in contact and attend case conferences with treating providers, so you can understand the worker’s individual treatment plan and timeframes and work together to identify solutions to potential barriers to an early, safe and durable return to work.

Why this is important

In Queensland, hands are one of the most common areas of the body to be injured, so it’s likely you’ll be required to facilitate rehabilitation and return to work for someone who has experienced a hand injury.

Wrist, hand, fingers and thumb injuries can occur in any industry and any workplace. These injuries include fractures, cuts and open wounds, as well as sprains and strains from awkward forces on the hand and wrist.

The type of injury and duties to be performed, fear of reinjury and lack of support can all impact on the success of the RTW plan and recovery at work.

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