Hand and Upper Extremity Rehabilitation
Strength. Mobility. Recovery.
What is Hand Therapy?
Hand therapy is the art and science of rehabilitation of the upper extremity. Hand and arm injuries may be work-related, the result of an accident, or from wear and tear on joints, tendons and muscles from repetitive movement, including leisure activities or sports.
Hand therapists are Occupational or Physical Therapists who, through extra training and experience, have specialized knowledge of upper extremity function. Using specialized skills in assessment and treatment, our hand therapists work with their patients to prevent injury or impairment, restore functional activity, and enhance participation in daily life using multiple approaches including custom splinting, adaptive equipment, strengthening, soft tissue massage, coordination exercises and pain management.
Certified Hand Therapists
What is a Hand Therapist?
A hand therapist is an Occupational or Physical Therapist who, through advanced study and experience, specializes in treating individuals with conditions affecting the hands and upper extremity. A hand specialist may also have advanced certification as a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT).
Several of our Occupational Therapists are Certified Hand Therapists (CHT) which requires years of practice and extensive specialized training to obtain.
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Several of our therapists have training in the Graston Technique®. This technique is an innovative, patented form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables clinicians to effectively break down scar tissue and fascial restrictions.
Our therapists utilize these specially designed stainless steel instruments to specifically detect and effectively treat areas exhibiting soft tissue fibrosis or chronic inflammation, whether they are acute, post-surgical or persistent.
The Graston Technique® offers many advantages to our patients such as:
- Decreases overall time of treatment
- Fosters faster rehabilitation/recovery
- Reduces need for anti-inflammatory medication
- Resolves persistent conditions thought to be permanent
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Our Occupational Therapists are extremely skilled in fabricating customized splints to support, protect or limit function of a hand after an acute injury, repetitive use injury or post-surgical. After careful assessment, our therpaists will work with you to ensure a good fit and make any modifications as necessary.
Occupational Therapy can play an integral role in the treatment for patients with arthritis. It has been found helpful for pain control using various modalities including deep heat as well as protection of involved joints with splinting. Our therapists can also help to ease stiff joints, increase strength, and improve mobility through various joint mobilization techniques and exercises. In addition, assessments for adaptive equipment and education for joint protection strategies are offered.
As an adjunctive treatment, therapy can be valuable to provide long tern benefit for a more functional and less painful daily life. As your Provider if you would be a candidate for a referral to Occupational Therapy for the symptoms associated with your arthritis.
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