Hand therapy is a specialized area of exercise often treated by a hand physiotherapist or an occupational therapist. It is meant to treat disorders or injuries related to the hand and palm. The focus can include rehabilitating the entire limb including the neck, shoulders, hands and wrist.
What Types of Injuries Do Hand Therapists Treat?Some patients can be seen after a trauma and/or surgery. Patients may have received therapy in a hospital setting to help them get through the early phases. Many times these patients require additional therapy to improve their pain, mobility, and help them return to normal daily activities. These injuries can include:
- carpal tunnel syndrome
- Dupuytren’s release
- Volar plate finger injuries
- Finger fractures (metacarpal/phalanx)
- Tendon lacerations
- Crush injuries
- Trigger Finger/Thumb
Targeted therapy is also effective in managing post trauma/surgery diagnoses like dense scar tissue, stiffness, hypersensitivity, and Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS). In addition there are some other common hand and upper limb injuries that can also benefit from therapy which include: tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, arthritis, strains and sprains.Book An Appointment
What To Expect During Your Visit With A Hand Therapist?
A complete physiotherapy plan of care consist of an assessment, and targeted treatments based on the assessment findings and your goals. Usually, a patient enters into a plan of care after presenting him or her with a medical history, explaining the cause of symptoms and the treatments applied so far. During the assessment stage, the therapists will also conduct a physical examination of the injury or trauma. This ensures an appropriate plan is formulated and patient goals are set.
If you live in Halton or Hamilton and you are looking for hand therapy in Burlington area. Feel free to contact us. We offer a collaborative approach with many other health services in house such as acupuncture, chiropractic, naturopathy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and counselling.
What Types of Treatment You Can Expect?
We have a wide variety of treatment methods, including manual therapy, massage, heat treatments, ultrasound, acupuncture and electrotherapy. For example, manual therapy or hands on mobilization and scar treatments can help improve mobility and range of motion. Your therapist will also provide the education and skills you need to perform vital treatments at home which could include stretching, strengthening exercises, scar massage and heat/warm water therapy.
Some exercises focus on specific muscles and joints and include stretching. Our hand therapist also teach the patient skills to perform at home. These include the use of ice packs and exercises.
How Long Does it Take to Recover?
Depending on the cause, severity and what tissue is damaged recovery can take a few weeks up to months. It is important to understand what is happening and to seek guidance and treatment from a qualified hand physiotherapist. Remember to be patient and consistent with your exercise program and follow their advice. Keep in mind that your hand physiotherapist treats these types of conditions regularly and will help you recover as quickly as possible. You may want to contact your nearest hospital for in-patient rehabilitation. For example, Jospeh Brant Hospital provide upper extremities therapy
Michelle has many years of experience in the treatment of hand conditions and is available for new patients.