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Hand Therapy

Many people who suffer from an injury or disease that affects the hand, wrist, arm, elbow or shoulder experience pain that affects their overall quality of life. They may assume improvement is not possible, and that they have to accept the condition, but thanks to advanced technology and available therapies, this is not necessarily true. A certified hand therapist (CHT) can provide treatments to reduce pain, increase range of motion and improve functional abilities for patients suffering from a variety of upper extremity maladies.

Depending on the diagnosis, therapy can be beneficial when provided alone, or before or after surgery. Our hand therapists work in cooperation with physicians and clients to achieve the best possible results.

Conditions treated:

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Tennis elbow and other types of tendonitis
  • Sports injuries
  • Repetitive motion syndromes
  • Fractures and dislocations
  • Compressed nerve disorders, such as cubital tunnel syndrome and thoracic outlet syndrome
  • Amputation and other trauma disorders
  • Postoperative conditions
  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • Arthritis
  • Complex regional pain Syndrome
  • De Quervain’s disease
  • Dupuytren’s contracture

Following a thorough evaluation, the CHT develops an individualized treatment plan for each client.

Treatments may include:

  • Range of motion and strengthening exercises
  • Control of swelling
  • Moist heat and cold therapy
  • Neuromuscular re-education
  • Ultrasound, iontophoresis, electrical stimulation
  • Scar and soft tissue massage
  • Desensitization and sensory re-education
  • Customized splint fabrication
  • Joint protection principles
  • Therapeutic activities
  • Cold laser/infrared
  • Therapeutic activity