A hand therapist can prove useful if you have lost function in the hands
or have pain from an accident, disease, or repetitive stress. A hand therapist
is trained in physical therapy of the upper extremity and may be a valuable
part of your healing regimen if you are experiencing pain, weakness, or
other problems affecting the hands, wrists, and arms. By effectively assessing
and caring for hand injuries, a hand therapist can help the patient achieve
better functional outcomes and return to a more productive lifestyle faster.
Faster recovery often means lower medical costs, too. To treat conditions
of the upper extremities most effectively, a hand therapist works alongside
your entire healthcare team to carefully monitor your progress through
the treatment stages.
Even if you have a permanent limitation or disability in an upper extremity,
a hand therapist can help educate you on techniques on how to perform
activities with reduced pain and improved independence.
A skilled physical therapist can treat patients with the following conditions
affecting the hands, wrists, and arms:
- Pain, sprains, and strains
- Rotator cuff injuries and other shoulder pathologies
- Sports injuries
- Post-surgical therapy
- Multiple trauma injuries
- Wound care
- Scar management
- Tendonitis and trigger finger
- Dupuytren’s contracture
- Swelling, numbness, tingling
- Arthritic or degenerative joint diseases
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Congenital defects
- Amputations or re-plantations
- Nerve injuries
For successful hand therapy, your physical therapist may fabricate a custom
splint for you, use instrument-assisted soft tissue therapy, therapeutic
taping, wound/scar scare, joint protection, electrical modalities, and
much more. All these treatments can improve hand mobility and strength,
as well as reduce symptoms of pain.
If you have a condition affecting your upper extremity, call ProFysio Physical
Therapy today at (732) 333-6360 to start on the path to lasting relief. You can
contact us online for a swift reply, or go ahead and
book your appointment online!