Hand Therapy

Our specialists know the importance of restoring your hand function!

Hand therapy, a specialty practice area of physical and occupational therapy, is typically concerned with treating orthopedic upper extremity conditions to optimize the functional use of the hand and arm.

Typical conditions seen by the hand therapists include fractures of the hand or arm, lacerations, and surgical repairs of tendons and nerves, tendonitis, rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, and carpal tunnel syndrome also are treated by hand specialists.

Physical and Occupational Therapists are able to treat clients with conditions of the hand or arm can do so without additional formal education in most states. However, many practitioners choose to gain several years of experience before treating hand clients, and therapists may choose to become specially certified through the Hand Therapy Certification (CHT) Commission.

  • Splint Fabrication

    Don’t settle for an off-the-shelf wrap. A custom designed and hand built splint will allow you optimal use your hand and wrist while expediting the healing process.

  • Desensitization

    You don’t have to live with hand pain. Desensitization therapy can break the pattern of pain and get you back to what matters.

  • Pre- and Post-Operative Rehabilitation

    Maximizing range of motion and strength both before and after surgery will make the difference for a successful recovery. Proper ROM is frequently the best predictor of the outcome of the surgery.

  • Sensory re-education

    Your hands are one of your most important connections to your world. Sensory reeducation will get you back to feeling hot, cold, rough and smooth.
    Sensation may be impaired after many various injuries. Numbness, tingling, hypersensitivity, and varying degrees of sensory loss can occur. Sensory re-education is a technique therapists use in attempt to retrain sensory pathways or stimulate unused pathways. Therapists also teach adaptive techniques to help compensate for sensory loss. Sensory re-education techniques can include touching different textured objects, massage, vibration, pressure, determining joint position, identifying different temperatures, and electrical stimulation.