What is Hand Therapy?


Hand therapy is treatment designed to restore the use of the hand after it has been injured by accident or disease such as arthritis. Hand therapy may differ depending on what the problem is. If there has been an operation for carpal tunnel syndrome then specific carpal tunnel treatment will be necessary.

Hand therapy in itself is non-surgical; it can include exercises, stretching, splinting and possibly the care of wounds. The hand may have been operated on previously due to an injury. Additionally, some hand therapists may request and read x-rays and ultrasounds and also undertake to perform injections as part of the treatment.

People with arthritis hands will undergo a different form of hand therapy depending on how bad their problem is. A trained hand therapist is the best person to give hand therapy. This person will have training in occupational therapy or physical therapy; they will then further extend their skills with training in hand therapy.

A hand therapist can do many things from teaching exercises to restore as full a range of hand movements as possible, to designing custom splints for an injured hand to protect it from any further injury. Hand therapy treats injury in both the hand and the wrist due to any kind of injury or disease.

Such injury or interference in normal hand movement can be caused by problems with the muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves or bones. Since our hands play such a big part in simple living skills, anything that interferes with the full range of pain-free motions should be seen to as soon as possible.

People who have minimum use of their hands also require emotional support and advice on how to manage the functions of everyday living. The hand therapist plays a vital role in such important support. Most hand therapist do not work in isolation but as an important part of the hand care team including surgeons, doctors, specialists and nursing staff.


Source by Physio Therapist