Can you imagine completing a task with decreased use of your elbow, forearm, wrist or hand? Or perhaps completing a task with minimal use of a single digit, such as the pinky? Our hands are essential to our everyday lives and daily functioning. The simplest injuries can result in increased pain and present challenges with completing routine daily tasks.  Hand therapy combines science and anatomical knowledge into the evaluation and treatment of injuries/conditions of the upper extremity. Hand rehabilitation combines a number of therapeutic interventions to assist in returning patients to their highest level of function and to ease difficulty with tasks post injury or condition limitations.

Common conditions treated include:

  • hand/wrist/elbow pain
  • arthritis
  • carpal tunnel syndrome
  • trigger finger
  • tendinitis
  • cubital tunnel
  • DeQuervain’s
  • dupuytren’s disease
  • ganglion cysts
  • upper extremity fractures
  • lateral and medial epicondylitis
  • spasticity
  • tendon and nerve injuries

Common treatments for these conditions include:

  • modality treatment for pain and/or edema relief
  • pre op and post op care
  • joint mobilization
  • custom splinting
  • joint protection
  • UE strengthening
  • adaptive equipment and/or tools
  • ROM (range of motion) and strength restoration
  • wound and scar management
  • taping techniques
  • fine motor training/re-training
  • sensory re-education

Angela Etter OT, DOT