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Hand Therapy is the art and science of rehabilitation of the upper limb – shoulder to hand. It involves evaluation and testing to assess the injured limb from which a specific treatment program can be designed. A variety of specialised treatment techniques are used to achieve these goals.
What is Hand Therapy?
Hand therapy is a specialized form of rehabilitation aimed at treating conditions affecting the hand, wrist, forearm, and elbow. It involves therapeutic techniques designed to restore function, mobility, strength, and dexterity in these areas. Hand therapists are typically occupational therapists or physical therapists with additional training or expertise in treating upper extremity conditions.
This therapy may encompass various treatments, including exercises to improve strength and range of motion, manual techniques to reduce pain and swelling, custom splinting to support and protect the hand during healing, sensory re-education to improve sensation, and functional activities to help patients regain their ability to perform daily tasks.
Hand therapy is often recommended for a wide range of conditions, such as fractures, tendon injuries, nerve injuries, arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, repetitive strain injuries, and post-surgical rehabilitation. The goal is to optimize hand function, enhance recovery, and improve the patient’s overall quality of life.
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