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Hand Therapy

At Advanced Hand Rehab, we have a staff of highly skilled occupational therapists and certified hand therapists that are available at all our clinics.

Hand therapy is the art and science of rehabilitation of the upper extremity or limb. This includes the hand, wrist, forearm, elbow and shoulder, which may not be functioning properly due to any number of problems. Hand therapy is considered to be a specialized area of physical and occupational therapy. Injuries to the upper extremities can be complex, involving bone, tendon, nerve and/or skin. Recovery is equally dependent upon expert physician care and early, appropriate hand therapy.

Our certified hand therapists have a minimum of five years and 4,000 hours or more of clinical practice. They must also pass a national exam. This means they can identify problems unique to the upper extremities. Plus, they can effectively treat and rehabilitate patients with conditions that may be the result of an accident or trauma, such as:

  • Fractures
  • Wounds
  • Hypertrophic scarring
  • Burns or thermal injuries
  • Lacerated or injured tendons or nerves
  • Mallet injuries
  • Joint dislocations
  • Amputation of fingers
  • Degloving injury
  • Sports-related injuries (i.e. sprains and strains, Thrower's Ten strengthening)

Our therapists also work with patients who suffer from repetitive motion disorders and tendinitis, such as:

  • deQuervain's Tenosynovitis
  • Lateral epicondylitis "tennis elbow"
  • Medial epicondylitis "golfer's elbow"
  • Nerve compression syndromes, such as carpal and cubital tunnel syndrome
  • Splinting for ulnar/median/radical nerve palsy
  • Post-op tendon transfers
  • Dupuytren's contracture release
  • Musician's overuse syndrome

Arthritis and its related conditions is a common ailment we treat in our clinics.  Our knowledgeable experts use splinting and joint protection techniques, teach patients how to perform easy-to-do home exercises that can be done life-long to help reduce the progression of the arthritis, discuss pain management strategies, and instruct patients on how to do things called "activities of daily living" or ADL without overtaxing the joints;  All of this helps with pain management.  We can help arthritis sufferers with the following conditions:

  • CMC/thumb arthritis
  • Joint replacements
  • Acute flares
  • Swan neck deformities
  • Ulnar drift splinting
  • Boutonniere deformities

Many times, a splint is required as a part of the patient’s rehabilitation. Advanced Hand Rehab provides state-of-the-art, customized splinting and offers same day service. Our hand therapist can fabricate many different types of splints depending on the patient’s needs. We can make custom static splints, as well as custom dynamic splints. We can also fit prefabricated splints that can assist with the correction of deformity and improving independence with activities of daily living for conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.

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