"Hands That Heal, Hands That Thrive"

Hand Therapy

Hand therapy is a specialized area of rehabilitation that focuses on treating conditions and injuries affecting the hand, wrist, and arm. Hand therapy involves a range of interventions and techniques, including therapeutic exercises, manual therapy, splinting, wound care, sensory re-education, and desensitization. 

Hand Therapy

List of Hand Therapy Conditions

distal radius fracture

wrist tendonitis

tennis elbow

golfers elbow

Carpal tunnel syndrome

cubital tunnel syndrome

radial tunnel syndrome

thumb arthritis

swan neck deformity

boutonniere deformity

flexor and extensor tendon injuries

mallet finger

hand & wrist arthritis

hand and wrist trauma

humerus fracture

distal biceps repair

Through hand therapy, individuals can regain optimal hand and upper limb function, improve independence in daily activities, and enhance their overall quality of life. Hand therapists work closely with individuals, providing comprehensive care, support, and guidance throughout the rehabilitation process.

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Patient Journey

The patient experiences an injury, trauma, or develops a hand-related condition, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, fractures, tendonitis, or arthritis. They may also undergo hand surgery for various reasons.

The patient seeks medical evaluation and treatment from a physician, orthopedic surgeon, or other healthcare provider. Based on the evaluation, the patient may be referred to an occupational therapist (OT).

The OT conducts an initial evaluation to assess the patient’s hand condition, functional limitations, goals, and medical history.

Based on the evaluation, the OT collaborates with the patient to establish treatment goals and develop a personalized treatment plan. The plan may include short-term and long-term goals for improving hand function, reducing pain, and enhancing daily activities.

The OT conducts a comprehensive assessment of the patient’s hand condition, including evaluating range of motion, strength, sensation, functional limitations, and any specific treatment needs.

The patient starts attending hand therapy sessions where they receive various therapeutic interventions, such as therapeutic exercises, manual therapy, splinting, wound care, nerve gliding exercises, and modalities.

The patient engages in functional training exercises that replicate real-life activities and tasks relevant to their personal and professional life. This training can include tasks like dressing, grooming, cooking, writing, and using utensils.

The OT teaches the patient adaptive techniques and strategies to modify the way they perform tasks to accommodate their hand condition and prevent further strain.

The OT monitors the patient’s progress regularly, adjusting the treatment plan as needed based on improvements and challenges.

The patient receives a customized home exercise program to continue progress outside of therapy sessions and maintain gains.

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