What is Hand Therapy?
Hand Therapy is a type of rehabilitation performed by an occupational or physical therapist with patients that suffer from conditions affecting the hands and upper extremities. Therapy enables patients the ability to return to a productive lifestyle.
Who are Candidates for Hand Therapy?
Patients 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. Others include patients who suffer from conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome and tennis elbow, as well as from chronic problems such as arthritis or a neurologic condition (i.e. stroke).
What can Hand Therapy Provide?
Hand therapy can provide a treatment without an operation to help reduce recent or long lasting pain. The therapy provided can also help to reduce sensitivity and improve feelings after a nerve injury. There are a variety of exercises available to help improve movement, strength and reduce stiffness.
What if Surgery is Needed?
Hand therapists can also help with a patient’s recovery. This may include assistance with helping wounds heal, preventing infection, scar management and reducing swelling. The hand therapist can also fit or fabricate your splints to help aid the recovery and healing process following the surgery.