Occupational therapy provides care for patients who have an injury to their upper extremities
We can also help prevent deterioration due to arthritis or soft tissue disorders.
Injuries to the hand and upper extremities can be complex, involving bone, tendons, nerves and/or skin. Recovery is dependent upon expert physician care and early, appropriate therapy.
Hand therapists are occupational and physical therapists who specialize in treating the hands and upper extremities (wrists, arms, elbows). Aurora BayCare hand therapists are highly specialized and focus specifically on patients requiring intensive hand therapy.
You will be assigned a primary therapist who will be your main point of contact throughout your care. The primary therapist works with you and your referring physician to design and implement a therapeutic strategy with appropriate, individualized rehabilitation goals.
Conditions Addressed with Hand Therapy
A hand therapist works with patients affected by work-related injuries, automobile accidents, and other traumatic injuries. We can also help prevent deterioration due to arthritis or soft tissue disorders. We provide hand therapy for patients with the following conditions:
- Amputation or replantation
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Degenerative disorders
- Joint deformities
- Regional pain (reflex sympathetic dystrophy)
- Repetitive strain injuries
- Soft tissue injuries
- Tendon, nerve, and ligament damage
- Tendonitis and trigger finger
- Wrist and elbow injuries
- Hand Therapy Services
Aurora BayCare hand therapists offer a variety of treatment options including conditioning exercises, wound care, joint mobilization, splinting, ergonomic assessments, and patient education. Your treatment may include:
- Adaptive training for daily life skills
- Custom splints
- Desensitization following nerve injury or trauma
- Pain management
- Sensory re-education after nerve injury
- Therapeutic exercises to increase dexterity and strength
- Wound care and suture care
Ergonomics and Industry Consultations
Hand therapists also work as industry consultants to evaluate ergonomics and establish safety programs for workers at risk of developing cumulative trauma (repetitive motion) injuries. Our therapists can recommend workstation modifications and alternative work methods to help ensure healthy work styles. See our Occupational Health page to learn more.