Hand therapy is a specialized form of rehabilitation that
focuses on treating conditions and injuries affecting the hand, wrist, and
forearm. It is provided by hand therapists who are occupational or
physical therapists with additional training and expertise in treating upper
Hand therapy aims to improve the function, strength, and mobility of the hand and arm, reduce pain, and enhance the overall quality of life for individuals with hand-related issues.
The primary goal of hand therapy is to promote optimal healing and functional recovery for a wide range of conditions, including:
Hand therapy is a collaborative process between the therapist and the patient, with the goal of achieving the best possible functional outcomes and improving the individual's ability to perform daily activities and return to work or hobbies. It plays a crucial role in maximizing hand and upper extremity function and enhancing the overall quality of life for those with hand-related issues.
Hand therapy treatments are tailored to each individual's specific condition and needs. The therapy process typically includes:
A thorough assessment of the individual's hand function, strength, range of motion, and pain levels to develop a personalized treatment plan.
Based on the evaluation, the hand therapist creates a treatment plan that may include exercises, splinting, manual therapy techniques, modalities, and activity modification.
For individuals with wounds or post-surgical incisions, hand therapists provide specialized wound care and scar management.
Custom splints are often used to protect and support the hand during healing, maintain proper alignment, and prevent contractures.
Assessing scars and prescribing Scar management strategies. These may include compression, silicon products, stretching/exercise programs, massage and, desensitization techniques.
Various techniques to manage pain, including modalities like heat or cold therapy, and manual therapy.
Patients are usually given a set of exercises to perform at home to supplement their therapy sessions and promote continuous progress.
Comprehensive education about their condition, the importance of compliance with therapy, and strategies for preventing future injuries.