You use your hands all day, every day for work, leisure and recreation, to care for yourself and others. You use your hands to express yourself. What you do with your hands is what makes you different from every other person.
Your hands are an extremely complex part of your body, more so than any other joint, and that allows for a wider range of function. Losing the use of your hands can be frustrating and overwhelming.
That is why it is important that you receive the best possible care for your hands following an injury, surgery or any other condition that can affect those activities that are important and meaningful to you.
What is Hand Therapy?
Hand therapy addresses conditions of the hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder.
The goal of hand therapy is to regain as much function, strength, motion and coordination as possible following an injury, surgery or disease.
Hand therapy is a type of rehabilitation that is performed by a provider who has a high degree of specialization that requires extensive continuing education and advanced certification. This high degree of knowledge of the intricate anatomy and rehabilitation of the hand enables the therapist to maximize your recovery and return to a functional lifestyle. They work closely with physicians and clients to provide excellent continuum of care.
What Will Hand Therapy Involve?
Hand specialists use the latest techniques in hand rehabilitation. Various types of exercise equipment may be used for a range of motion and strengthening. Hand therapists are also skilled in the fabrication of customized splints (orthotics) using low temperature moldable materials.