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What is Hand Therapy?
Hand therapy is a specialty area within occupational and physical therapy that focuses on evaluating and treating injuries and conditions of the upper extremity which includes the shoulder, arm, elbow, forearm, wrist and hand. The hand therapist can effectively treat and rehabilitate patients through post-operative rehabilitation, preventative, non-operative or conservative treatment.
Hand Therapists are either licensed physical (PT) or occupational therapists (OT) who have specialized training and knowledge in upper extremity therapeutic interventions. Hand therapy is available to individuals of all ages who may have a wide variety of conditions such as:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Cerebral palsy
- Congenital hand conditions
- Hand/wrist fractures
- Nerve and tendon transfers
- Nerve injuries of the hand, wrist, elbow
- Post-surgical limitations in pain, weakness, and range of motion
- Tendon lacerations and repairs
- Tennis elbow
- Wrist sprains and strains
What are the Benefits of Hand Therapy?
Hand Therapy can benefit patients that may have been affected by an accident, autoimmune disorder, trauma or arthritis, genetic condition, diabetes, or who may have undergone surgery. Hand therapists can help:
- Decrease pain
- Fabricate customized splints
- Help return function for work, sports, hobbies, and more
- Increase strength and flexibility
- Monitor and treat wounds
- Reduce swelling
- Soften scars
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FAQs About Hand Therapy
How do you explain Hand Therapy to a child or adult?
Hand therapy will help you improve movement, strength, reduce pain and improve overall functional ability of your hand so you can be more independent with important daily activities.
How can I do Hand Therapy at home?
Hand therapists provide specialized and customized therapeutic interventions and education that can be done at home. These strength exercises may include using theraputty, theraband, grip strengtheners, and more.