Hand Therapy

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Hand Therapy

Hand Therapy Techniques

  • Therapeutic exercise including work simulation and progression
    • Exercises that focus on flexibility, strength, endurance, coordination and work-related functions
  • Modalities for pain management
    • Ultrasound: uses sound waves to generate heat within a body part to help loosen the tissues and help them respond better to therapy or exercises
    • Electrical stimulation: uses electricity to help alleviate pain
    • Iontophoresis: form of transdermal drug delivery that utilizes electrical current to drive or push ionized drugs through the skin’s outermost layer used to reduce inflammation
    • Fluidotherapy: fluidized therapy (Fluidotherapy®) is a high-intensity heat modality consisting of a dry whirlpool of finely divided solid particles suspended in a heated air stream, the mixture having the properties of a liquid
    • Paraffin: home wax treatment that applies deep heat to relieve pain and stiffness
  • Energy conservation
  • Body mechanics
  • Patient education on preventative measures and self-management of symptoms, such as:
    • Gloves in winter time to prevent stiffness
    • Using adaptive equipment that is less stressful on the hands, like using an electric can opener instead of a hand opener
    • Using an over the shoulder purse/bag rather than a hand purse/bag
    • Hot and cold packs
  • Custom splinting - Certified hand therapists specialize in casting and fabricating dynamic and static splints. Custom splinting helps correct hand deformities by minimizing movement of the joint and keeping the hand correctly aligned.

Candidates for Hand Therapy

Those with injuries or limitations in function from conditions involving the upper extremity can also be candidates for hand therapy, including:

  • Amputation
  • Arthritis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Dupuytren's contractures
  • Fractures
  • Nerve injuries
  • Overuse syndrome
  • Sprains and strains
  • Surgical repair
  • Tendonitis