Coffs Shoulder to Hand Clinic

The Mid North Coast’s only clinic with Accredited Hand Therapists as awarded by the Australian Hand Therapy Association, operating locally since 2006.

Hands are our independence, our livelihood, our leisure. Imagine then not having full, pain-free use of your hands? When hampered by injury or pain, they need highly trained Experts who are knowledgeable and experienced in the intricacies of a functioning upper limb from the hand up to the shoulder to maximise outcomes and minimise recovery time. Due to our commitment of intensive study, examinations and years of pre-requisite experience to gain the qualifications, we are proud to offer the only two Accredited Hand Therapists [as awarded by the AHTA] on the MNC, and the only Internationally Credentialed Hand Therapist [USA]  from Newcastle to the Gold Coast. 

Being Physiotherapists as well as Hand Therapists, we know how important your hands are, and always conduct a thorough assessment of other factors that may be contributing to your pain or dysfunction. We travel nationally and internationally to attend Conferences, often combined with  Specialist Hand Surgeons where focus is purely on management of the Hand, or alternatively conferences with Shoulder/Elbow Surgeons, so we stay abreast of the latest research and treatment approaches.

Any trauma, arthritis or disease impacting on your hands or shoulders not managed effectively from the outset can have devastating results on your dexterity, your income, your independence, and your life. We use our hands to keep fit and healthy, to have fun, explore, learn, love, care and share. Delayed or inappropriate management can alter a potential straightforward management plan to a protracted rehab period with poorer results. Please, if you are unsure always call to speak to one of our Hand Therapists. Early intervention and correct management always returns the best results.

81 West High St
Coffs Harbour, 2450, NSW
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Mon - Friday
8am - 5.30pm
(02) 6651 1745

Our Areas of Expertise

We believe that when someone seeks advice/treatment from a health professional, they should expect and receive knowledgeable, experienced, evidence based attention to minimise complications and recovery time, and maximise their outcomes. That’s why our two Hand Therapist physios under the AHTA have studied intensively the intricacies of the upper limb - detailed anatomy, kinematics, ergonomics and best evidence based management strategies, and met the required 3000+ hours of dedicated treatment of the hand /elbow /shoulder injuries/conditions to become recognised Accredited Hand Therapists as per the Australian Hand Therapist Association. One of our Hand Therapists has gone further to pass the International standard requirements of the HTCC as a Credentialed Hand Therapist [USA], as well as being accepted in the elite group of Shoulder and Elbow Physiotherapists of Australia [SEPA].

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Arthritis

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Sports Injuries

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Finger fractures and dislocations

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We Are Unique Because

Internationally Certified Hand Therapist [USA]

Specialty certification in hand therapy was established in 1991 to recognize physio and occupational therapists with advanced clinical knowledge, experience and skills in the practice of hand and upper extremity rehabilitation. It assists consumers and health professionals in identifying those therapists who meet the rigorous standards required of Certified Hand Therapists, including three years of practice experience with 4,000 hours or more in direct practice in hand therapy and successful completion of a comprehensive test of advanced clinical skills and theory in Upper Limb rehabilitation. Faye is the only Certified Hand Therapist [USA] between Newcastle and the Gold Coast.

Only Accredited Hand Therapists on MNC

We have fulfilled educational and practical experience requirements, so you get the results! Sean has dedicated the time, effort and resources to fulfill the rigid conditions set out by the Australian Hand Therapy Association regarding CE hours specific to Hand Therapy, exams, plus accumulating experience of over 4000+ hours of treating Upper Limb conditions. As such he is an Accredited Hand Therapist as awarded by the Australian Hand Therapy Association. Faye is automatically accredited due to her CHT[USA] qualifications. Coffs Shoulder to Hand Clinic is the only MNC clinic with qualified Accredited Hand Therapists.

Our Ongoing Commitment to Education

Getting qualifications is one thing, keeping abreast of latest research and most effective treatment approaches is another. This is what delivers outcomes for clients that importantly minimises any complications, maximises their outcomes, and reduces their recovery times. We regularly travel and attend dedicated Hand Therapy [and Shoulder/Elbow] Conferences both Nationally and Internationally, learning and sharing education and knowledge with Hand and Shoulder Surgeon Specialists, as well as other experienced Therapists and Researchers.

Meet your your Physio

Faye Wiffen

I am lucky to have found a niche in my career that has became a passion- I love treating the upper limb!!

This was nurtured whilst studying for my post-graduate Masters Degree in Manual and Manipulative Therapy, where my major research project was on ‘Frozen Shoulder/Adhesive Capsulitis,’ later published in the international “Journal of Manual & Manipulative Therapy.” This then qualified me to join the Shoulder and Elbow Physiotherapists of Australia (SEPA), an elite group of physiotherapists highly skilled and experienced in treatment of the shoulder and elbow conditions.

An opportunity next presented to extend and challenge myself professionally by exploring deeper the complexity of the sub-specialty interest area of Hand Therapy- literally a Pandora’s box but extremely rewarding when you can return a fully functional hand after severe trauma or injury. After gaining the prerequisite experience and passing the USA based Hand Therapy Certification Commission Exam, I received the internationally recognised title of Certified Hand Therapist [USA]. Further recognition of experience and extensive knowledge in the field of Hand Therapy came with the title of Accredited Hand Therapist as awarded by the Australian Hand Therapy Association, becoming the only such qualified Hand Therapist between Newcastle and the Gold Coast.

On a personal level I practice what I preach, being active in kayaking, cycling, bushwalking, gym and of course the garden!

My goal is to enable all who have the desire, to age actively – My journey of discovery is ongoing.

Sean Wiffen

Sean has accrued extensive experience in treating shoulder and upper limb conditions. From shoulder conditions such as instabilities, fractures, dislocations, rotator cuff, bursitis to post-operative rehabilitation. Drawing on his Nordic ‘whole body’ assessment approach, he can identify if the source is coming from other than your shoulder, and direct your treatment accordingly.

On completing the prerequisite  hours of training and years of experience treating the upper limb [from shoulder to hand], Sean has also qualified as an Accredited Hand Therapist as awarded by the Australian Hand Therapy Association. He continues to build on this by regular attendance at Specialist Surgeon/Therapist Combined International and National Conferences relating exclusively to the  Shoulder/Elbow, or Hand Therapy. He is experienced in assessment, diagnosis and management of a wide range of upper limb conditions extending from multi-trauma, fractures, tendon or overuse injuries, to post-operative management and rehab.

As a physio Sean understands how important our hands are. Any injury or trauma to the hand requires expert advice and skill to avoid complications, minimise recovery time and maximise your outcomes. He is passionate in assisting and directing your full recovery.

Experience, Dedication, Passion
Let's work together towards your goals

(02) 6651 1745

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Our Location

81 West High St
Coffs Harbour, 2450, NSW

Convenient, central location in West High St, with ample parking and convenient disabled access in rear of building off Gundagai Place.

No doctors referral needed
Same-Day Appointments