Hand Therapy Program

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Our certified hand therapists (CHTs), occupational therapists (OTs) and occupational therapist assistants (OTAs) are specially trained in providing intervention that reduces pain and restores function.

Common diagnoses we treat include:

  • Nerve, tendon, ligament and muscular injury to hand / wrist /fingers
  • Sprains, fractures and/or dislocations of the elbow, wrist, hand, thumb and/or fingers
  • Hand conditions requiring customized positioning devices
  • Injuries and surgical repairs to the upper extremity
  • Arthritis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Tendinopathies
  • Trigger finger
  • Dog bits or wounds
  • Amputations
  • Repetitive injuries

Therapy often includes:

  • Pain and swelling reduction techniques
  • Scar tissue management
  • Desensitization techniques
  • Education and symptom management
  • Orthotic (splint) fabrication
  • Joint protection and energy conservation training
  • Training in home, work, leisure activities
  • Ergonomic approach to tasks
  • Exercise
  • Work conditioning and retraining

Therapy sessions are generally 2-3 times per week for 4-6 weeks. An individualized home exercise program is always prepared with the patients concerns in mind. Obtain a prescription for therapy from your physician and schedule time for an evaluation so your therapist can listen to your concerns and evaluate your performance.

References: American Society of Hand Therapists
Journal of Hand Therapy; 2009(22)361-376), ASHT Scope of Practice; 2011
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