Answers to Common Hand and Wrist Questions

Premier Health providers answers frequently asked questions about common hand and wrist conditions.

What is the benefit of a specialized therapist?

Krista Storms, OT, discusses the benefits of working with a hand therapist. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

What is the benefit of a specialized therapist?

A certified hand therapist was originally an occupational therapist or a physical therapist. So originally, we treated the whole body. We still treat the whole body holistically; however, we're focused in on the hand and the intricacies and complexities of the hand. Most hand therapists have a passion for hands. They just love it, they enjoy making patients learn to live a better life. There's so many different muscles in the hand, and hand therapists have trained to know each individual muscle and nerve innervation so that they can identify things that the general practitioner wouldn't.

 

A certified hand therapist is an occupational therapist or a physical therapist who received extra training specific to the hand. Hand therapists know how to treat the whole body holistically, but are focused on the hand and the intricacies and complexities of the hand. Most hand therapists enjoy helping patients learn to live a better life. There are many different muscles in the hand, and hand therapists are trained to know each individual muscle and nerve innervation so that they can identify issues the general practitioner might not recognize.

Source: Beth Berrettoni, MD, Hand and Reconstructive Surgeons and Associates; Matthew Cavo, MD, Hand and Reconstructive Surgeons and Associates; Krista Storms, OT, Premier Health

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