Hand Therapy is a type of rehabilitation performed by an Occupational or Physical Therapist on patients with conditions affecting the hands and upper extremities. Such therapy requires a high degree of specialization, including continuing education and, often, advanced certification. My particular expertise is with computer-related injuries, especially those caused by repetitive motion. I work with clients to help them return to a productive lifestyle.
Who is a candidate for hand therapy?
Clients who are candidates for hand therapy may have been affected by an accident or trauma leaving them with wounds, scars, burns, injured tendons or nerves, fractures, or even amputations of the fingers, hands, or arms. More common are those who suffer from conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome and tennis elbow, as well as other chronic problems such as arthritis or neurologic conditions (i.e. stroke). Frequently these problems can be remedied through postural and/or work station evaluations and changes.
What does hand therapy provide?
- Preventative, non-operative or conservative treatment
- Management of acute or chronic pain
- Desensitization following nerve injury or trauma
- Sensory re-education after nerve injury
- Design and implementation of home exercise programs to increase motion, dexterity, and/or strength