What is Hand Therapy?

Hand therapy is the discipline that addresses injuries and conditions of the hand, wrist, elbow, and shoulder.

Certified hand therapists are either occupational or physical therapists who have specialized training in treating upper extremity conditions through advanced study.

Our hand therapist works closely with physicians and clients to provide a continuum of care.
Treatment often begins within days of the injury or surgery and continues until the client has returned to work and/or a productive lifestyle.

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Evaluation and Treatment

Following a thorough evaluation, an individualized treatment plan will be developed for each client and may include:

  • Upper extremity wound care, suture and staple
  • Customized orthosis fabrication
  • Range of motion and strengthening
  • Control of swelling and pain
  • Heat and cold therapies
  • Neuromuscular re-education
  • Ultrasound, iontophoresis, and electrical stimulation
  • Scar and soft tissue mobilization
  • Desensitization and sensory re-education
  • Joint protection and ergonomic assessment with training
  • Therapeutic activities and adaptive technique training
  • BTE Work Simulator Rehab
  • Home programs

Conditions Treated

Hand therapists are specialized in treating upper extremity conditions including:

  • Traumatic Injuries
  • Fractures & Dislocations
  • Ligament Sprains, Tears or Joint Laxity
  • Tennis or Golfers Elbow & all other types of Tendonitis
  • Carpal Tunnel, Cubital Tunnel, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, and other Nerve Entrapment Disorders
  • Repetitive Motion Syndromes & Musician Injuries
  • Amputations, Burns and Frostbite
  • Scar Conditions
  • Arthritis, Scleroderma
  • Tendon & Nerve Injuries
  • Dupuytren’s Contracture
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (RSD)
  • Worker’s Comp Injurie