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Hand Therapy

When Should You Seek Hand Therapy?

Hand therapy is helpful when your independence has been affected by illness, injury or disability affecting the upper extremities, including:

  • ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease)
  • Amputations
  • Arthritis
  • Burns
  • Crush injuries
  • Fractures
  • Nerve injuries
  • Other neurological conditions
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Post-operative conditions
  • Stroke
  • Tendinitis
  • Tendon injuries

Your Hands
Your hands are unique tools. Hands work and create, and express your emotions. When a hand is injured or limited, your ability to participate fully in daily activities is impaired.


Hand Care and Treatment Plans

Your occupational therapist conducts a comprehensive evaluation and works with you to establish an individualized plan of care based on your goals and needs. Your hand therapy plan of care may include:

Care and Management

  • Scar and wound management
  • Therapeutic exercise and activities to increase strength, motion and dexterity
  • Approaches such as ultrasound, iontophoresis (a painless alternative to drug injection), fluidotherapy (dry heat therapy) and paraffin bath
  • Custom splint fabrication


  • Ergonomic education and worksite evaluations
  • Education on symptom management and injury prevention
  • Education regarding assistive devices and equipment to maximize function

For more information contact us at 373-6175.