A qualified hand therapist can identify problems unique to the upper extremities and can effectively treat and rehabilitate patient with conditions that may be the result of an accident or trauma such as fractures, wounds, burns, lacerated or injured tendons and nerves, or amputation of fingers or hands. A hand therapist also works with patients who are disabled from repetitive motion disorders such as cubital tunnel, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome and conditions such as arthritis and neurological problems.
Your session will start with a thorough evaluation soon after your injury or surgery. A treatment and rehabilitation plan is tailored to each specific patient’s needs. Our focus is on providing a continuum of care throughout the recovery process while valuing the importance of one-on-one time with each patient. Our goal is for all patients to return to as normal and productive of lifestyle as possible.
Prevalence and Treatment of Arthritis:
40 million people in the US suffer from arthritis Estimated to reach 59 million Americans by 2020 (Arthritis Foundation)
1 in 25 working age adults attribute work limitations to arthritic conditions, 1 in 4 with diagnosed arthritis have work limitations (Arthritis Foundation).
Patients can be evaluated and treated by a licensed PT/OT without a physician’s referral, called Direct Access. Some insurance plans may still require you to consult with a physician first, in order to be reimbursed for
services, so please check with your insurance provider as plans differ.
How Therapy Can Help
- Learn Arthritis Management Strategies.
- Arthritis management strategies provide those with arthritis the skills and confidence to effectively manage their condition.
- These techniques have proven to be valuable for helping people change their behavior and better manage their arthritis symptoms.
- Learn more about self-management education program.
- Research shows physical activity decreases pain, improves function and delays disablitity.
- It is recommended that people with arthritis undertake 30 minutes of moderate physical activity at least 5 times a week, or a total of 150 minutes per week. The 30 minutes can be broken down into three ten-minute
sessions throughout the day.
- Learn more about physical activity for arthritis from your therapist, in a protected environment.
- Research confirms that maintaining a healthy weight can limit disease progression and activity limitation.
- A modest weight loss (5% or 12 pounds for a 250 pound person) can help reduce pain and disability.
- Early diagnosis and professionally guided management is critical to maintaining a good qualify of life, particularly for people with inflammatory arthritis.
- Learn about splints and orthoses that can improve and protect joint function.
- Sports or occupational based injuries to joints can increase the likelihood of developing osteoarthritis. Jobs that have repetitive motions, (for example: repeated hand use), place individuals at higher risk.
- Avoiding injuries to joints can reduce the likelihood of developing osteoarthritis.
- Basic joint protection principles limit hand joint deformation when implemented early in the arthritis process (CDC).
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