What does a Hand Therapist provide?
A qualified hand therapist can evaluate and treat any problem related to the upper extremities. The hand therapist can effectively treat and rehabilitate the patient through postoperative rehabilitation, preventative, non-operative or conservative treatment or industry consultation. The therapist works closely with the provider and patient to provide a continuum of care. This often starts within days of an injury or surgery right through the patient’s return to work and/or a productive lifestyle.
- Management of open or sutured wounds (prevention of infection and assistance in healing)
- Control of hypertrophic (raised and/or swollen) or hypersensitive scars
- Reduction of swelling
Preventative, Non-operative, or Conservative Treatment
- Management of acute or persistent pain
- Desensitization following nerve injury or trauma
- Sensory re-education after nerve injury
- Design and implementation of exercise programs to increase motion, dexterity and/or strength
- Splint fabrication for prevention or corrections of injury
- Training in the performance of daily life skills through adapted methods and equipment
- Conditioning prior to returning to work
Find us in the American Society of Hand Therapists Directory