What is Hand Therapy?
Hand therapy is a type of rehabilitation to address and treat injuries and conditions affecting the hand, wrist, elbow, and shoulder. It provides non-operative interventions, preventative care, and post-surgical rehabilitation for a variety of upper-extremities. Our hand therapists collaborate with physicians and clients to provide a continuum of care. We desensitize the affected area and develop a personalized, goal-oriented program to increase motion and strength so you can return to work and a productive lifestyle. We help bridge the gap from medical management of upper-extremity conditions to a successful recovery.
Conditions we treat:
- Tendon and nerve injuries
- Wounds and infections
- Traumatic injuries
- Soft-tissue injuries
- Fractures, dislocations, and sprains
- Sports injuries
- Arthritis conditions
Common treatment options include:
- Range-of-motion and strengthening exercises
- Neuromuscular re-education
- Scar and soft-tissue mobilization
- Desensitization and sensory re-education
- Customized orthosis fabrication
- Joint protection principles
- Therapeutic activities
- Home exercise programs
- Education in injury rehabilitation & prevention
What is Splinting?
Splinting treats musculoskeletal system abnormalities. By keeping the injured area temporarily stable and immobile, pain is reduced and can allow proper healing. We fabricate a custom splint for a specific injury or post-operative protocol. Your hand therapist can make a simple splint for a finger or a complicated dynamic splint for a tendon repair.
Splinting can help any of the following situations:
- Temporary immobilization of sprains, fractures, and reduced dislocations
- Decrease swelling
- Control of pain
- Prevention of further soft tissue or neurovascular injuries including bruising, sprains, lacerations, fractures, dislocations, or painful joints due to inflammatory disorders