Hand Therapy

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.

About the Program

The program provides therapy to restore function for individuals with:

  • Traumatic injures
  • Cumulative trauma/repetitive stress injuries (such as carpal tunnel syndrome, burns, arthritic conditions)
  • Other medical and post surgical conditions affecting the upper extremity

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.

Based on your individual needs and goals, your 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

Conditions Treated 

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:

  • Carpal Tunnel syndrome
  • Sprains/strains
  • Amputations
  • Tendon lacerations
  • Crush injuries
  • Cumulative trauma – injury from repeated overuse or trauma
  • Epicondylitis
  • Fractures
  • Burns
  • Trigger finger
  • Ganglion cysts
  • De Quervain’s disease – inflammation of a tendon of the thumb
  • Dupuytren’s contracture
  • Joint replacements
  • Neuropathies

Services 

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:

  • Wound care
  • Edema control
  • Custom splinting
  • Exercise for motion dexterity and strength
  • Joint protection techniques
  • Work simulation
  • Scar management/manual therapy

Offered through:  Miami Valley Hospital, Good Samaritan Hospital, Atrium Medical Center, Upper Valley Medical Center

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