Hand Clinic

Model of a hand
Putting Splint on hand

Our Mission

To provide excellence in the treatment of various hand conditions.

About the Hand Clinic

Hotel Dieu Hospital is an ambulatory care teaching and research hospital for Kingston and Southeastern Ontario, affiliated with Queen’s University. The Hand Clinic is a specialized unit located on the 7th floor of the hospital. The clinic provides medical care and treatment for various conditions and traumas affecting the hand. Clients are referred either by their family physician or emergency physician to our specialized plastic or orthopaedic surgeons who have been trained in hand surgery. Clients at the Hand Clinic are seen in multidisciplinary clinics with surgeons and hand therapists for the assessment and treatment of their upper limb condition. Clinics are operated daily (Monday to Friday) by appointments only.

The clinic also offers outpatient hand therapy through referral from the surgeons at the clinic. Both occupational and physical therapists with training in hand therapy provide ongoing treatment for clients.

The Hand Clinic is dedicated to teaching health care professionals. Surgeons at the Hand Clinic have academic appointments in the School of Medicine at Queen’s University. Surgeons are active in resident teaching, fellowship programs, and education for medical students. Hand therapists are also active in educating occupational and physical therapy students.

Our Team

  • The Hand Surgeons
    The surgeons at the Hand Clinic are all Fellows of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada in either Plastic or Orthopaedic Surgery

    Plastic Surgeons
    Dr. J. Davidson, Dr. F. Watkins

    Orthopedic Surgeon
    Dr. D. Pichora

  • The Hand Therapists

    There are occupational and physical therapists, all of who work closely with the surgeons to customize rehabilitation for clients.
    The therapists assess and provide a treatment plan for therapy, which may include:
    • Fabrication of orthoses (splints) for protection, assistance and/or correction
    • Post-operative management of open or sutured wounds and scar management
    • Pain management techniques
    • Preventative education programs and conservative treatment of non-operative hand injuries
    • Home exercise programs for increasing range of motion, strength, and dexterity
    • Desensitization program after nerve injuries or trauma
    • Sensory re-education after nerve injuries
    • Education and training on activity modification and adapted aids for activities of daily living
    • Gradual return-to-work plans

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Referral to Clinic

To be seen at the Hand Clinic, you will need to be referred to one of our physicians by either your family doctor or an emergency physician.