A qualified hand therapist can identify problems unique to the upper extremities and can effectively treat and rehabilitate patients 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 of Arthritis:
40 million people in the US suffer from arthritis and it is estimated to reach 59 million Americans by 2020 according to the 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).
How Therapy Can Help
- Learn arthritis management strategies –
- Arthritis management strategies provide those with arthritis with 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 the self-management education program.
- Be active –
- Research shows physical activity decreases pain, improves function and delays disability. 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 how physical activity helps symptoms caused by arthritis from your therapist.
- Watch your weight –
- 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.
- See your doctor and therapist –
- 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 orthotics that can improve and protect your joint function.
- Protect your joints –
- Sports or job-related injuries to joints can increase the likelihood of developing osteoarthritis. Jobs that have repetitive motions place people at higher risk for injuries.
- Basic joint protection principles limit hand joint deformation when implemented early in the arthritis process according to the CDC.
If you think Hand Therapy can help you, please schedule an appointment with one of our therapists listed below.