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Hand Therapy: How Will It Help Me?

Hand therapy is the science of treating both the strength and the range of motion in an individual’s upper extremity. This includes the hands, wrists, arms, elbows, shoulders and forearms. Individuals who have an injury or chronic condition that demand therapeutic assistance should seek hand therapy. If you are looking to regain functionality in these parts of your body, hand therapy may be the right treatment for you.

What is Hand Therapy?

Hand therapy focuses specifically on the shoulder to the hand, along with every joint and muscle in between. It can help individuals complete everyday tasks with their injury or condition, or work directly on it by improving mobility and decreasing pain. A hand therapist is trained in anatomy, physiology and kinesiology, going through extensive education and training to become a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT).

What does it involve?

There are a variety of different treatments including non-operative, preventative, or post-surgical. A CHT will evaluate your condition and consult with your surgeon or physician to create a treatment program specifically for you.

Standard therapy types include:

  • Injury avoidance education

  • Soft tissue procedures

  • Joint movement

  • Strength exercises

  • Pain management

  • Taping

What injuries and conditions does hand therapy treat?

Hand therapy can be used to treat many common conditions. It can improve:

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: tingling or numbness caused by a pinched nerve

  • Tennis Elbow: pain, tenderness, or swelling caused by repetitive arm motions

  • Hand Pain: pain with moving fingers or turning the wrist

  • Trigger Finger: clicking, popping, stiffness, or tenderness caused by an inflamed tendon that makes the finger get stuck in a bent position

What can I expect in a hand therapy appointment?

Your hand therapist will make sure you are progressing each session towards your goal. They will measure your range of motion, strength, posture or nerve sensation every visit. They will also discuss and explain exercises that you can complete at home to help you progress and recover quicker.

Book an appointment today with our Certified Hand Therapists, or find out more by calling (02) 9793 3119.

Countryside Orthopaedics 2016, 'What Does Hand Therapy Involve and Will It Help Me?'

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