Hand Therapy

Hand therapy is a method used to evaluate and treat injuries and conditions of the hand, wrist, and elbow. Using specialized therapeutic techniques, a hand therapist can help a patient’s hands recover from a medical condition or injury. Hand therapy is also used to rehabilitate post-operative patients.

What is hand therapy?

Hand therapy is performed by an occupational therapist (OT) or physical therapist (PT) who is trained to treat patients suffering from conditions that hinder the movement of the hands and upper extremities. A therapist may specialize in their education and practice as a certified hand therapist (CHT). CHTs must have at least 3 years of therapeutic practice, with at least 4,000 hours focused on the treatment of the hands and arms. Once qualified, the therapist must then pass a rigorous exam to prove their skill in the practice of hand therapy. CHTs work closely with orthopedic surgeons to create a treatment plan and ensure optimal recovery for their patients.

Hand Therapy benefits

Patients who have suffered from wounds, burns, injured nerves or tendons, fractures,  or amputation may be suitable candidates for hand therapy. Those suffering from arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, or neurological disorders could also benefit from hand therapy. The advantages of hand therapy include:

  • Help with acute or chronic pain
  • Using splints to prevent stiffness
  • Providing treatment without surgery
  • Regaining sensation after a nerve injury
  • Learning strength and flexibility exercises
  • Regaining the ability to complete everyday activities

If your physician determines that you require surgery, a hand therapist can work with you to ensure proper recovery. They may also help with the healing of wounds, scar management, and swelling reduction. Hand therapy typically begins within days of surgery and continues until the patient is able to return to a normal lifestyle.

Hand Conditions Requiring Surgery

In some cases a patient’s hand, wrist or elbow may require specialized surgery. Our hand specialists treat the full spectrum of injuries and conditions affecting the upper extremity.

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