Hand Therapy is for adults or children who experience a condition or injury affecting the hand or upper extremities.
Certified hand therapy care is unique in that it merges both occupational and physical therapy techniques that require detailed knowledge of the anatomy, physiology, function, and activity of the upper extremities. These areas include the hand, wrist, elbow, collarbone and shoulder blades, and the cervical area of the neck.
The anatomy of the upper extremities is complex, with many systems working together to provide maximum movement and function. A specially trained hand therapist offers a comprehensive understanding of not just muscles and bones but also the relationship among the nervous system, skin and connective tissues, and the vascular and lymphatic systems.
What is a hand therapist?
A hand therapist is an occupational therapist 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.
What does a hand therapist provide?
A qualified hand therapist can evaluate and treat any problem relative to the upper extremities. The hand therapist can effectively treat and rehabilitate the patient through postoperative rehabilitation, non-operative, or conservative treatment, or industry consultation. The therapist works closely with physician and patient to provide a continuum of care. This often starts within days of the injury or surgery right through to the patient’s return to work and/or a productive lifestyle.
Preventative, Non-operative, or Conservative Treatment
Why use a hand therapy specialist?
Who can benefit from hand therapy?
Patients who are candidates for care by a certified hand therapist may have been affected by an accident or trauma. Or they may suffer from conditions resulting from repetitive movement, such as carpel tunnel syndrome or tennis elbow, or chronic problems resulting from arthritis or a neurological condition such as stroke. Workers in certain area industries, such as manufacturing, construction, and fishing are at greater risk for injury because of the nature of their work. There are many other reasons that patients of all ages can benefit from hand therapy, too. Arthritis, some surgical procedures such as amputation, injuries to the fingernail bed, certain chronic pain conditions, lymphedema that results form cancer surgery or radiation therapy, or tumors or cysts are just some of the conditions that may benefit from specialized therapy. Not all hand therapy is related to disease. Even fun activities, such as tennis, softball, football, or snowboarding, can result in injuries to hands, fingers, wrists, elbows or shoulders. Patients of all ages with these injuries may benefit from the specialized skills of a hand therapist.
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