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Hand Therapy

Hand Therapy

Hand therapy is the art and science of evaluating and treating injuries and conditions of the upper extremity (shoulder, arm, elbow, forearm, wrist and hand). It uses a number of therapeutic interventions to help return a person to their highest level of function. It evolved from the need for a specialist with the knowledge and experience required to manage the challenging recovery of complex hand and upper extremity injuries.

Hand therapy is used for rehabilitation of the hand and wrist. Hand Therapists provide therapeutic interventions to improve hand function and help you participate in everyday activities. A hand specialist will have advanced certification as a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT).

Our team of hand therapists, comprised of occupational therapists and physiotherapists, offer specialized rehabilitation services to patients of all ages with conditions and disorders of the upper limb (hand, wrist, elbow, and shoulder).

What we do

We help patients in their recovery after they have had hand surgery. Our dedicated team is made up of hand therapists who are trained and certified in physiotherapy or occupational therapy.

We provide non-operative interventions, preventative care and post-surgical rehabilitation for a wide variety of upper extremity disorders, from simple fingertip injuries to complex replanted extremities. Patients with chronic conditions, such as arthritis, or neurologic conditions, such as a stroke, can benefit from therapy through education on joint protection and energy conservation, and with recommendations for adaptive equipment or devices to improve function. We employ a variety of techniques and tools, including activity and exercise programs, custom orthotic fabrication, management of pain and swelling and wound and scar care.

We work with patients on a one-on-one basis, assessing a patient, creating a plan for therapy, making custom splints and braces as needed and teaching exercises and other therapeutic techniques.

We also work closely with doctors, plastic surgeons, orthopaedic surgeons, inpatient nurses and inpatient social workers to provide timely and appropriate care for our patients so that th​​ey may achieve the best recovery outcomes.

For more information on conditions we treat, click here to learn more.

How to prepare

We will complete a full assessment as the first step in your care at the clinic. Our therapist will use a number of different assessment techniques, for example, testing your range of motion or your ability to grip.

Based on your assessment, the therapist will develop a plan for your treatment. These are some of the kinds of treatment that your therapist may use:

  • Custom-made splints.
  • Exercises to complete during your appointments and at home.
  • Temperature-based treatments, such as warm wax or hot packs.
  • Hands-on therapy, such as stretching.
  • Sensory treatments for patients with nerve injuries​.

Education is also a big part of your treatment, and our therapist will teach you about your condition and ways you can improve your recovery at home.

Why choose us

Benefits of our hand therapy services include:-

  • Treatments that don’t require an operation.
  • Reducing sensitivity to nerve issues.
  • Relief from pain.
  • Teaching patient how to make splints to help improve stiffness.
  • Expedited timeline for returning to work.
  • Increased ability to perform everyday tasks.
  • Regaining feeling after a nerve injury.
  • Help crafting personalized home exercise programs that will benefit your movement and strength.

Are you in pain?

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