Who Is a Hand Therapist?
A certified hand therapist is a licensed occupational or physical therapist who has completed advanced training that specifically qualifies him or her to treat injuries and conditions affecting the upper extremity, which includes the hand, wrist, forearm, elbow and shoulder. In addition to passing a rigorous licensing examination, this specialist is required to participate in ongoing educational programs, contribute to scientific journals and conduct research studies.
In practicing hand therapy, a therapist must integrate occupational therapy techniques, such as splinting, retraining and scar management, with physical therapy techniques, such as passive and active exercises, stretches and joint mobilization. Along with restoring hand and arm functionality, a hand therapist can also provide a patient with crucial emotional support during the recovery process.
What types of treatment can a hand therapist provide?
Due to the complexity of the arm and hand, injuries and conditions affecting the upper extremity can be challenging to diagnose and treat. Therefore, specialist care is important. After performing a thorough evaluation and reaching a diagnosis, a hand therapist can recommend an appropriate treatment strategy, which may include:
- Soft tissue manipulation
- Manual stretching and mobilization of tight muscles and joints
- Desensitization and sensory re-education for wound and scar management
- Therapeutic ultrasound
- Hot/cold therapy
- Kinesio taping
- Electrical stimulation
- Ergonomic education
The hand therapists at Advanced Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine of Houston, Texas, are committed to working closely with each patient as well as his or her physician in order to provide a full continuum of care. This process may begin within days of an injury or surgical procedure and continue through the patient’s return to work and other daily activities. Our goal is to help each patient achieve the best possible functional outcome.
To request an appointment with a certified hand therapist at Advanced Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine of Houston, TX, contact us today.
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