The goal of a hand therapist is to help patients work towards achieving full and healthy function of hands and arms so that they may perform all of the daily tasks of a productive lifestyle.
What is it?
Occupational or physical therapists perform this rehabilitating treatment on patients who have conditions that impact the use of their hands or arms. These therapists are specialists who have advanced certifications and are required to seek continuing education even after initial certification. The goal of a hand therapist is to help patients work towards achieving full and healthy function of hands and arms so that they may perform all of the daily tasks of a productive lifestyle.
When is it used?
Most patients who receive hand therapy are those who have been impacted by an accident or trauma that results in wounds, scars, burns, damaged tendons/nerves, fractures, or even amputations. Some therapy patients are those who are dealing with ongoing or chronic conditions like carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, arthritis or a neurological condition.
What are the Benefits?
- Offer preventative, non-invasive, non-surgical treatments
- Pain management
- Sensory education following nerve injury
- Design and implementation of programs for home exercises
- Creation of splints to prevent or correct injuries
- Oversight of daily life skill practice through modified equipment and methods
- Training for return to work