The Hand Therapy program is a specialized therapy program designed to help patients return to their previous work and life roles, and/or to promote maximum independence within a given limitation.
Rehabilitative care for hand injuries, disease and impairments is provided by board-certified hand therapists. Using specialized skills in assessment and treatment, hand therapists work with patients to prevent injury and restore function.
The program provides therapy to restore function for individuals with:
Evaluation and Treatment Plans
With a referral from the physician, a hand therapist develops the patient’s individualized treatment plan based on capabilities, goals and overall health status. Treatment goals are established and reassessed with the patient and family.
Restoring Hand Function
Based on individual needs and goals, therapy may include:
- Static and dynamic splint fabrication to protect fractures, increase motion, preserve function, stretch contracted tissue, and reduce edema
- Initiation of early, therapeutically-designed motion programs to prevent joint contractures, scar adhesion, and long-term disability
- Specific techniques to promote upper extremity wound healing, soft tissue mobility, and decrease scar tissue formation
- Therapeutic activities to facilitate return to work and independence with daily living skills, along with home programs to maximize patient and condition rehabilitation goals
We offer a continuum of care guided by specialists in hand therapy. Our team of experienced occupational and board-certified hand therapists provide treatment that includes:
- Custom splinting
- Edema control
- Exercise for motion dexterity and strength
- Joint protection techniques
- Scar management/manual therapy
- Work simulation
- Wound care
The Hand Therapy program specializes in the rehabilitation for both surgical and non-surgical hand injuries. We treat a variety of hand conditions including but not limited to:
Preparing for Hand Therapy
Premier Health Library
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Content Updated: May 12, 2016