Hand Therapy is the merging of occupational therapy and physical therapy theory using specialized skills for the assessment, treatment, dysfunction, and restorative function of the elbow, wrist, and hand.
- Arthritis: A common degenerative problem where the surfaces of the joint become worn, and abrasive. The result is a stiff and painful joint.
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Compression of the Median Nerve as the nerve travels through the wrist. Symptoms include pain in the thumb, index, and middle finger. Weakness and numbness are also present.
- DeQuervain’s Tendinitis: Inflammation and irritation of tendons that travel along the wrist to the thumb. Repetitive activity usually causes this problem.
- Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow): Pain on the outside of the elbow from overuse of the wrist and hand. Pain with gripping is noticed.
- Medial Epicondylitis (Golfer’s Elbow): Pain on the inside of the elbow from overuse with gripping and flexing the wrist.
- Fractures: A brake in any of the 27 bones in the hand. Types of fractures include Boxer’s fracture, Colles Fracture, or just general fractures of the fingers.
- Joint Sprains: Injury to ligaments that connect bones together. Symptoms include pain, swelling, and difficulty using the affected joint.
- Dislocations: The ligaments are disrupted to the point where the joint separates. This requires medical attention as other structures in the hand can be affected, such as nerves and arteries. Medical attention is required immediately.
- Scar and Edema Management: Therapies can be provided to minimize scar formation and swelling the fingers, hand and wrist. Scar formation and swelling can lead to loss of motion, pain/stiffness and decreased function.