What is hand therapy?
Hand therapy helps address injuries and conditions of the hand, wrist, elbow, and shoulder.
Hand therapists are either occupational or physical therapists who have specialized training in treating upper extremity conditions through advanced study.
Hand therapists work closely with physicians and patients to provide a continuum of care. Treatment often begins within days of the injury or surgery and continues until the patient returns to work and/or a productive lifestyle.
Hand therapists are specialized in treating upper extremity conditions including:
- Traumatic injuries
- Fractures and dislocations
- Sports injuries
- Tennis elbow and other types of tendonitis
- Carpal tunnel, cubital tunnel, thoracic outlet syndrome, and other nerve entrapment disorders
- Repetitive motion syndromes
- Burns and frostbite
- Tendon and nerve injuries
- Dupuytren’s contracture
- Complex regional pain syndrome/RSD
Evaluation and Treatment
Following a thorough evaluation, an individualized treatment plan will be developed for each patient and may include:
- Wound care
- Range of motion and strengthening exercises
- Control of swelling
- Moist heat and cold therapy
- Neuromuscular re-education
- Ultrasound, iontophoresis, and electrical stimulation
- Scar and soft tissue massage
- Desensitization and sensory re-education
- Customized orthosis fabrication
- Joint protection principles
- Therapeutic activities
- Home exercise programs
To schedule an appointment, ask your healthcare provider for a referral or call the number below.