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If you’ve injured or are experiencing pain and swelling with the wrist when making certain movements such as loading in a push up position, your hand therapist at Action Rehab can help.

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Wrist based water proof orthosis with the fingers and thumb free to mobilise combined with a wrist strengthening and stabilisation program.


A scapholunate ligament injury is one of the most common injuries in the wrist.  It often occurs as a result of a repetitive or forceful push back of the wrist.  This may happen from a fall on an outstretched hand, a gym accident while doing a bench press or a yoga move like a downward dog.  It can sometimes be called “yoga wrist”. The scapholunate ligament connects the scaphoid to the lunate (2 small bones in your hand) and abnormal flexing or extension can cause a tear or strain because the scapholunate ligament connects these bones tightly.

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If you have an injured scapholunate ligament, your wrist will be swollen and painful, especially with certain movement. You may also see the following symptoms:

  • Pain when bending (especially backward movement)
  • Pain and swelling, usually on the back side of the wrist
  • Popping or grinding
  • Weakness in the wrist and limited movement

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Our Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists have extensive knowledge and experience in assessing, diagnosing, treating, and managing your hand and upper extremity – your shoulder, elbow, wrist, and hand – injuries or conditions, so you know you’re in good hands.

The hand therapists at Action Rehab are experienced in the assessment and treatment of scapholunate ligament injury. With a reputation endorsed by sporting organisations like the Melbourne Football Club, Action Rehab is the smart choice for treating your scapholunate ligament injury.

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Scapholunate ligament Injuries can be treated with with our custom made thermoplastic waterproof orthosis. This custom made ‘cast’ traditionally stays on the patient for 2-6 weeks with limited and minimal activity such as gripping and pushing.

Our Action Rehab Rehab clinicians will tailor an exercise program including ROM and strengthening as part of the rehabilitation process.

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Conservative Approach

Your hand therapist at Action Rehab is experienced in the assessment and treatment of a scapho-lunate ligament injury.  Most scapho-lunate ligament injuries are a low grade and do not require surgery.   The scapho-lunate ligament is one of the stabilising ligaments of the wrist and when it is injured you may experience pain at the back of the wrist. Rehabilitation focuses on strengthening and re stabilising the wrist through appropriate exercise.  The hand therapists at Action Rehab will tailor your exercises to increase your strength, decrease your pain and improve your function.  

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See below the two treatment approaches for a patient who has scapholunate ligament injury.

Fig 1:  Basic Treatment

An off the shelf, pharmacy splint with an aluminium bar that does not prevent movement of the wrist but prevents function of the thumb can lead to further complications post scapho-lunate ligament injury.

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Fig 2:  Action Rehab Treatment

Your hand therapist at Action Rehab will fabricated a custom made water proof orthosis that leaves the thumb free and the fingers free to mobilise while preventing excessive movement of the wrist.  The brace is normally worn for protection and at night to rest and protect the ligament.  While not wearing the splint you will focus on strengthening of the wrist to improve the stability and increase function.

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Scapholunate Ligament Injury is complex and can lead to serious complications and frustrations if not treated appropriately.

Choosing the right hand Therapist starts with them being able to read your X-rays and then fabricate the right brace for you. The therapists at Action Rehab are experienced in assessing and reading X-rays.

Our therapists do regular GP and Emergency Doctor training and can advise on the most appropriate action for your Scapholunate Ligament Injury treatment.

Known for providing treatment for scapholunate ligament injury and other hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder injuries Action Rehab are the hand therapists that Melbourne trusts.

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Scapholunate Ligament Injury is one of the most common injury seen at Action Rehab. Scapholunate ligament injury is a common yoga, weightlifting and sports related injury and Action Rehab are experts in sports trauma.  

Scapholunate Ligament Injury is caused by a forced extension of the wrist into a backwards position.  Pain is often felt in the back of the hand and wrist when you load the wrist in a push up position.

Scapholunate Ligament injuries take about 6-8 weeks to recover but depending on the type of injury and how old the injury is it may take longer. The longer you leave a scapholunate ligament injury untreated before coming to hand therapy then the longer it takes to recover.  A chronic scapholunate ligament injury is difficult to heal.  

No generally Scapholunate Ligament Injury does not require surgery. Hand Therapists at Action Rehab can assess the X-ray or MRI and can advise if your Scapholunate Ligament Injury needs surgery.

Scapholunate Ligament Injury can be a serious injury. You should always see a Hand Therapist if you have a Scapholunate Ligament Injury because they are much more complicated than you think.

A scapholunate ligament injury will not just “go away” and the sooner you seek treatment then the sooner it will recover.


Action Rehab provide assessment and treatment for all conditions relating to the upper limb, including scapholunate ligament injury. Come and see our highly qualified and friendly staff today at a location convenient to you.