What is Hand Therapy?
Hand therapy is a specialized form of treatment for patients suffering from issues in the upper extremities. This includes hands, wrists, elbows, shoulders, and all the muscles and joints in between.
Hand therapists work with their patients to prevent injury or impairment, restore full functional activity, and enhance the quality of life for their patients.
At Spear, treatments for the hand and upper extremities are administered by both Certified Hand Therapists (PTs/CHTs) and Occupational Therapists (OTs) that specialize in Hand Therapy.
Certified Hand Therapists successfully passed an examination of advanced clinical skills and theory in upper extremity rehabilitation and meet the mandated criteria to maintain this specialized credential.
How can Hand Therapy help me?
There are four primary areas that fall within the realm of hand therapy: preventative care, post-operative care, rehabilitation, and splinting. The needs of each patient differ depending on their injury or condition.
Hand Therapy is for anyone experiencing pain in an upper extremity (hand, wrist, elbow, shoulder). Conditions treated include:
Fractures of the hand, wrist, and elbow
Post-operative, acute, and chronic injuries
Tendon and ligament injuries
Boutonniere’s and Swan Neck deformities
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Repetitive stress injuries
Do You Know How a Hand Splint is Made?
Hand Splinting is just one of the many treatment options available depending on your injury. Watch the video below to see the carefully crafted process behind molding a hand splint, specifically to fit your hand.