Exercises for Hand Burns

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Exercises for Hand Burns

Tasmanian Burns Unit - Patient Information Brochure

Following a burn to the hand it is important to keep your hand moving to prevent stiffness.

Hands can become stiff following a burn due to the tight scar that can form during healing. These hand exercises will help your hand move normally again following your burn.

It is important that you do these exercises WHILE your hand is healing and not just after your burn has healed.

Do these exercises every waking hour, x10 repetitions. Keep your hand elevated.



Make a fist then straighten your fingers.

Drawing Demonstration of making a fist 


Move your wrist forward and back.Drawing Demonstration of moving wrist 


Bend your fingers at the knuckle while keeping your fingers straight.

Drawing Demonstration of of bending fingers 


Touch each fingertip with your thumb, then stretch your thumb back.Drawing Demonstration of thumb touching fingertip 


If your fingers are burnt, support each finger with the other hand and wiggle the finger tip.

Drawing Demonstration of wiggling finger tip 


If your fingers are burnt, support the bottom of each finger with your other hand, then bend at the middle joint and then straighten.

  Drawing Demonstration of making a fist


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Friday 8.00 am – 9.30 pm
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Sunday 9.30 am – 4.30 pm

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This information was correct at time of publication. For updated information please refer to Hobart City Council's website 

Street parking

Parking spaces are available outside the RHH in Campbell and Argyle Streets.

Short-term parking

Short term parking for people with disabilities, and/or for patient drop off/pick up is available in the forecourt of the RHH in Liverpool Street and outside the RHH in Argyle and Campbell Streets.

Please note:

The Liverpool Street entrance to the RHH is accessible 24 hours a day, seven days per week but the Argyle and Campbell Street entrances are closed between the hours of 8.30pm to 6am.

Contact Details

Burns Outpatient Clinic
12th Floor, Wellington Clinics
Argyle Street

Business Hours

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
Telephone:  6166 0098
Fax:  6234 9636

Wednesdays, Weekends, Public Holidays and after hours contact

Tasmanian Burns Unit
Surgical Specialities
5th Floor, A Block
Telephone:  6166 8566 (this service is also available 24hrs/day for advice)
Fax:  6234 9636

Printable PDF Brochure

The Royal Hobart Hospital (RHH) is Tasmania's largest hospital and provides a number of state-wide services that include cardiothoracic surgery, neurosurgery, burns, hyperbaric and diving medicine, neonatal and paediatric intensive care and high-risk obstetrics.

It is the major teaching and research hospital for the state and works closely with the University of Tasmania.

Many health care professions are taught within the RHH, and gaining skills in examining and interviewing patients is an important part of their education and training.

We ask for your cooperation and encourage you to participate in our teaching and research activities.

Your permission is required for participation.

The RHH encourages feedback from patients, relatives and visitors.  This feedback enables staff to gain a better understanding of the needs of patients and assists us in continuing to provide the best in patient care.  Contact the Manager, Consumer Liaison Service, telephone 1800 811 911.

RHH is a smoke-free site

Date: October 2013