Hand Therapy

Our therapists are trained to treat a variety of hand injuries and conditions. They help to relieve pain and improve function in the hand, arm and upper extremity.

What is hand therapy?

Hand therapy focuses on treating injuries and conditions of the hand, arm, forearm, wrist and shoulder. Occupational therapists and physical therapists with special training in hand therapy help to restore movement and function. Hand therapists also help to relieve pain and teach patients self-care.

Who needs hand therapy?

Patients with long-term conditions, such as arthritis, or people recovering from neurological disorders, such as stroke, often see improvements from hand therapy. Hand therapists also work with people who are recovering from injury and from surgery to the hand or upper extremity. Some of the conditions that hand therapists treat include:

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome

  • Tennis elbow

  • Frozen shoulder

  • Tendon injuries

  • Arthritis

  • Injuries related to work

  • Repetitive strain injuries

  • Sprains

  • Soft tissue injuries

  • Hand and arm fractures

  • Joint replacements

  • Tendon and nerve repairs

Helping movement and function

Hand therapy treatments include an evaluation and treatment plan. A treatment plan may include:

  • Activity

  • Exercise

  • Orthotics (adaptive equipment or devices)

  • Managing pain and swelling (edema management)

  • Wound and scar care

  • Teaching employees safe and healthy work habits (ergonomics)

You will need a referral from your provider for hand therapy and rehabilitation.

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