Answers to Common Hand and Wrist Questions

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

What treatments do hand therapists provide?

Krista Storms, OT, discuss the goals of hand therapy. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

What treatments do hand therapists provide?

The goal of hand therapy is to try to get somebody back to his or her normal function. So we work with them to increase their mobility, reduce their pain, reduce their swelling, to allow them back to their normal function, whether it be bathing, dressing, taking care of a loved one, or returning to work. Hand therapists provide control for swelling, control for pain, wound care. We splint structures for stabilization after a fracture, or if someone has tendonitis, we often will make a splint or an orthosis to try and rest that extremity or that finger so it can recover and reduce the inflammation.

 

The goal of hand therapy is to get someone back to normal function and use of their hand. We work with patients to increase mobility, reduce pain and reduce swelling. Patients may need exercise to strengthen their hand, wrist and arm; or splinting to provide rest and stability and to reduce inflammation. This allows a person to start using their hand and arm normally, whether it be bathing, dressing, taking care of a loved one or returning to work.

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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