Wound Care

Physical therapists/Hand Therapist are on the front lines of wound management in Hand Therapy Settings, and treat patients during the different stages of wound care and healing. They possess the knowledge of anatomy and tissue healing as well as mobility and positioning expertise. Specially trained Hand therapists provide wound care to patients in the hospital and outpatient settings utilizing the most current and advanced wound care protocols.

Physical therapy wound care is for patients who have open or closed wounds as a result of Infection, trauma or post-surgical hand conditions. The most common wounds that are treated by wound care physical therapist are post-surgical dressing and suture removal as guided by Hand Specialist.

Physical therapy wound care begins with a comprehensive evaluation and development of an individualized care plan. Common treatment approaches can include:

  • Measurement and documentation of the wound characteristics

  • Cleaning of the wound

  • Debridement (removal) of any dead tissue

  • Selection and application of wound dressing

  • Application of compression if necessary

  • Education of the patient, caregivers and/or family members regarding wound care and dressing changes.