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Hand Therapy

Measuring Range of Motion (ROM)

Hand therapy is the specialty that addresses injuries and conditions of the hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder.  Hand therapists work in close conjunction with physicians and surgeons to determine readiness for best success. Services are provided by Certified Hand Therapists who have extensive training and experience in the field of hand therapy. CHT’s are Occupational Therapists or Physical Therapists who have successfully achieved Hand Therapy Certification.

When can therapy begin?

Patients may seek hand therapy treatment as early as 1-2 days post injury or surgery.

  • Post-op tendon repair protocols including custom splinting and early ROM
  • Post fracture and post-op fracture fixation (i.e. ORIF, external fixators, K-wire fixation) protective ROM, edema control and wound care
  • Crush injuries requiring wound care, protective splinting, early gentle ROM and edema control
  • Complex traumatic injuries (i.e. crush injury with fractures, tendon lacerations and skin grafting)
  • Acute tendonitis

Conditions

Hand Therapy can be effective treatment for pain, stiffness and weakness of the hand, wrist or elbow. Our clinic offers a full scope of rehabilitation services from early acute intervention to the preparation of client for an early, safe, and effective return to prior functional activity.

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
  • Amputations
  • Burns and frostbite
  • Arthritis
  • Tendon and nerve injuries
  • Dupuytren’s contracture
  • Complex regional pain syndrome / RSD
Certified Hand Therapist

Treatments

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

  • Range of motion and strengthening exercises
  • Wound care
  • Control of swelling
  • Moist heat and cold therapy
  • Neuromuscular re-education
  • Ultrasound, iontophoresis, and electrical stimulation
  • Desensitization and sensory re-education
  • Customized brace or splint fabrication
  • Joint protection principles
  • Therapeutic activities
  • Home exercise programs
  • Patient education related to anatomy, pathology, and the patient’s role in treatment and recovery.

Dysfunction can arise from a variety of situations, such as stroke, congenital disorders, sports injuries, work injuries, or disease-related conditions. Talk with a certified hand therapist to explore the treatment options available to you.