What is hand therapy?
Hand therapy is the evaluation and treating of injuries and conditions of the upper extremities. The upper extremity includes the shoulder, upper arm, elbow, forearm, wrist, hand, and fingers. Hand therapy is a science that also provides preventative care, post-surgical rehabilitation, and non-surgical therapy.
Hand therapy is a component of physical therapy (PT) and occupational therapy (OT). The main focus of hand therapy is to improve function for your daily life.
What symptoms and conditions does hand therapy treat?
Hand therapy can help with recovery from injuries including accidents, traumas, scars, burns, injured tendons, nerves, and fractures. Neurological conditions, like strokes, can also benefit from hand therapy to help regain motor control that might have been lost.
Some of the main symptoms and conditions we treat here at BackFit Health + Spine with hand therapy include:
Why get hand therapy?
Hand therapy can provide many advantages for you, the patient, including:
- Avoid surgery
- Reduce or eliminate acute or chronic pain
- Reduction of nerve sensitivity
- Increased strength and range of motion
- Training so you can return to work and life
What to expect at your 1st hand therapy appointment?
On your first visit, you will consult with our medical professionals who will perform an exam and diagnostic testing. By uncovering the root causes, we can recommend a treatment plan that best fits your unique needs.
On your first hand therapy session, your physical therapist will measure your range of motion, strength, posture, and nerve sensation. This will provide an understanding of where you are starting from.
As your therapy continues, we will continue to measure your improvements to make sure the use of your hand is improving, or we will adjust your therapy plan to best fit your needs for improvements. We may also recommend custom splints, orthotics, and specialized tools to accomplish routine activities in the short-term.
Our goal is to treat without surgery or help you recover from surgery.