A UNIQUE PHYSIOTHERAPY CLINIC FOR THE ASSESSMENT & TREATMENT OF YOUR
HANDS & WRISTS
All of our staff at Handworx want to ensure that during the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic in Waterloo Region our patients’ and clients’ safety is our top priority. The most effective ways to stop the spread of this disease remain staying home, physical distancing, and not gathering with larger groups of people. Wearing a mask when inside any building with others is critical to minimizing the transmission of the virus. In addition, wash your hands and apply sanitizing agents as often as possible. However, stay in touch; call your friends and family, connect through social media, and support persons who are isolated or on their own.
To the present time measures, we have taken have proven very effective in Waterloo region; however, the second wave is here as of October 1, 2020. Spread of the virus through community contact has been low, but still present. This has allowed the region of Waterloo to move into the third phase of reopening, but protective measures remain even more important today as they have been for the past months.
We do not want to transmit the virus on to you or have you transmitting the virus on to us. The consequences may be catastrophic for patient care in our region or even deadly to anyone of us. However, experience has taught us that human interaction can be conducted safely with the appropriate precautions in place. Many health care workers have been in regular contact with COVID 19 patients repeatedly and have not fallen ill by using appropriate protective equipment and sanitization procedures. These measures do work to protect us.
Regional hospitals have taken measures to permit the resumption of elective surgical procedures. Access to surgical time has ramped up and we are able to offer access to procedures with reasonable wait times.
We have been able to broaden our patient visits, both in-person and virtual, for all services. Many patients have been waiting patiently to be seen for issues they have been struggling with for months or even years and it is unreasonable for waits to be extended further, provided we can safely practice in a sanitized and protected environment. We will be using masks, protective barriers, and liberally applying sanitizer to hands and frequently touched surfaces to prevent transmission of the virus. We are modifying the schedules of our surgeons and therapists in order to limit the number of patients and clients in the clinic at all times. We may ask you to wait outside or in your car if the volume of persons in the clinic is perceived to exceed a level that does not allow for safe distancing. For your safety, you will not be permitted to access the clinic without a mask. If you prefer to have a consultation or visit through virtual platforms this can be done well and with full security and privacy to protect your health information.
It remains critical that individuals with any symptoms (see Ontario or Waterloo Regional Public Health websites for current symptom lists) isolate at home and get tested for COVID 19. Do not attend any appointments anywhere, including Handworx, other than getting a COVID 19 test if you have any symptoms that may indicate an active COVID 19 infection or you know you have been exposed to the virus.
Stay safe, be committed to self-protection and the protection of your friends and family, and we will eliminate the virus from our community and reduce our collective risk of illness.
Hand Therapy is the art & science of evaluating and treating conditions of the hand and wrist. We use specialized therapeutic interventions to help return you to regular function following injury, impairment, or surgery.
Hand surgery is the field of medicine that deals with problems of the hand, wrist, and forearm. Hand surgeons care for these problems with and without surgery. They are specially trained to operate when necessary.
SPLINTS & BRACES
Splints and braces are often necessary for the support and protection of your hand or wrist Many conditions of the hand and wrist may benefit from simple ready-made braces and splints or custom fabricated bracing or splinting options.
Handworx offers EXOS® waterproof casting. This revolutionary and leading custom casting system allows the cast to mold directly to your anatomy for the best possible fit and comfort for you while allowing for exposure to water.
This is week 6 of the 7th tendon surgery. I want to thank Dr. Schuringa for his perseverance, skill and caring. Were it not his concern, I would have had the finger amputated. Together with Adrienne, my therapist extraordinaire, they have refused to give up. My thanks and gratitude to all the Handworx staff.
105 Park Street, Waterloo, Ontario N2L 1Y3
Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
If you are unable to keep your appointment, please contact us as soon as possible. A $50 fee will be charged for missed appointments not cancelled with more than 24-hour notice.