FyzicalElPaso: Hand Therapy

HAND THERAPY: WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?

Hand therapy is an important part of our treatment practices at FYZICAL El Paso. While the title only specifies hands, this form of therapy focuses on the upper extremity as a whole, which also includes the wrist, forearm, elbow, arm, and shoulder. Hand therapists will treat injuries and ailments that affect the upper extremity and work toward returning the affected area to its highest level of function. If you are suffering from pain in the upper extremity, or if you have been living with a chronic condition that has been affecting the upper extremity, don’t hesitate to call us today! We will schedule an appointment for you and figure out the best steps for your treatment plan. Benefits of hand therapy: Hand therapy can treat a vast variety of conditions. Some of the most common include:

have worked even better than surgical treatments for the correction of certain conditions, such as carpal tunnel syndrome. But how exactly does it work? A hand therapist typically uses manual techniques to manipulate the affected area, in order to release tension, swelling, and pain. Through the use of massage and hands-on treatments, patients can find significant improvement - sometimes after just one session! In some cases, additional techniques, such as ice and heat therapies, ultrasound, or electrical stimulation may also be used as part of your treatment plan, in order to enhance the healing process. Perhaps one of the biggest roles of a hand therapist, however, is prescribing targeted stretches and exercises. These will be dependent upon your diagnosis and will focus on improving your range of motion, strength, and overall function, so you can safely and comfortably perform your daily activities once again. A large part of hand therapy is helping patients regain their independence in day-to-day tasks and improving their quality of life. What now? If you have been suffering from upper extremity pain, contact FYZICAL El Paso today. We’ll help you schedule a consultation so one of our Certified Hand Therapists can evaluate the extent of your condition and create a personalized hand therapy treatment plan for you. Your upper extremities are important aspects of your everyday life – find relief for them today.

• Strains. • Sprains. • Impingement. • Tendinitis.

• Arthritis. • Bursitis.

• Carpal tunnel syndrome. • Cubital tunnel syndrome.

The upper extremity is used multiple times throughout the day. Just think of your morning routine: you get out of bed, brush your teeth, shower, get dressed, make breakfast, and commute to work. In just that small portion of the day, you have already used your hands, wrists, forearms, elbows, arms, and shoulders hundreds of times. If you are suffering from one of the above conditions, or from a generalized pain that you can’t figure out, it can make completing even simple activities (such as your morning routine) difficult. Hand therapy can help with that. It can relieve pain and get you back to comfortably performing your daily activities. In fact, according to the American Physical Therapy Association, conservative treatments

Meet Our Two Hand Therapists Call us today at (915) 330-8854 to schedule an appointment!

Luis Zuniga, PT, DPT, CHT, MTC. Completed his education at UT Health Science Center – San Antonio in 1984 receiving the highest honors for clinical excellence. Luis completed his first certification in Manual Therapy in 1991 fromwhat is now the University of St. Augustine and since then has lectured, taught, written and continued

He is the founder and president of FYZICAL Therapy Balance & Hand Centers.

Joseph Cole, PT, DPT, CHT. Joe received his Bachelor’s degree in exercise science while studying in the field of Kinesiology in 2011 and then received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Texas at El Paso in 2014. His interests are in sports rehabilitation and manual orthopedics in physical therapy field. He is a member of the Texas Physical Therapy Association & the American Physical therapy Association.

to expand his knowledge in this field. He has completed extensive training at the Michigan State College of Osteopathic Medicine program in manual therapy and manipulation. He received his certification in Hand Therapy (CHT) in 1999 and since then has practiced and taught internationally in the field of hand therapy.

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