Hand Therapist - Kelly Shawe

Updated: Aug 3



I qualified from the University of the Free State in 2015 and was placed at Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Pretoria for my community service year. I have been working in the field of upper limb and physical rehabilitation ever since. A Hand Therapist uses skills of observation, assessment, and knowledge of the diagnosis along with a comprehensive patient history to devise a treatment plan to suit the needs of the patient’s diagnosis, work situation and daily activities. I believe that the best result for the patient is achieved when working with a team.


It is important to remember that any task you do during the day, simple things such as making a cup of coffee, or answering the phone, requires the use of your hands. A fully functional hand needs to have adequate movement at all joints, full sensation as well as enough strength. If even one of these aspects is impaired due to injury, illness, or surgery it impairs your ability to live your life to the fullest. I use a combination of exercises as well as custom splinting to ensure that your hand heals correctly so you can continue to work, play with your kids and completely daily tasks pain free.


Vermillion signifies connection. To ensure the best service for our patients we aim to work together to treat all aspects of illness.


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