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HAND THERAPY: WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?

Hand therapy is a form of occupational therapy. 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. At ProCare Occupational Therapy & Physical Therapy, PLLC, our patients are our first priority andwe are happy to announce that our occupational therapist, Amanda Paracat, is also a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) who will be able to aid you in the recovery and rehabilitation of any upper extremity injury you may experience. Through her advanced training and skill set, Amanda is able to offer custom splinting in-house, making it more convenient for our patients’ recovery. If you are suffering from pain in the upper extremity, or if you have been livingwith 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. 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. GET BACK ON TRACK TODAY Whether you are looking for relief, looking to prevent an injury, or simply looking to improve your physical function, occupational therapy is here for you. Your occupational therapist will work closely with you, in order to help you reach your goals. If you’re ready to get started on the path toward improved health, contact our office today!

SUPPORTING OUR BASEBALL TEAM!

Spring is here and the staff at Professional Care Physical Therapy is happy to be working once again with the student- athletes of the Patchogue-Medford JV and Varsity Baseball teams. Alarmingly, more than 25%of MLB pitchers in 2019 have undergone Tommy John surgery at some point in time and it’s important for us at ProCare to be proactive in helping ur student-athletes prevent an injury, rather than treat it later-on. ProCare’s pre-season Strength, Conditioning and Injury Prevention Program, utilizes the latest research and technology and is designed to identify athletes who may have an unknown or undiagnosed existing injury, identify

have an unknown or undiagnosed existing injury, identify athletes who are at a higher risk of injury, as well as to help athletes enhance their athletic performance in a safe and supervised environment. Prior to the onset of the program each year, our licensed Physical Therapists and Athletic Trainers, spend time studying the most recent academic research available in preparation for formulating the program for the athletes. This program has been provided to the student-athletes of Pat-Med for the past several seasons, and we love that the parents, coaches and the players look forward to it each year, just as much as we do! athletes who are at a higher risk of injury, as well as to help athletes enhance their athletic performance in a safe and supervised environment. Prior to the onset of the program each year, our licensed Physical Therapists and Athletic Trainers spend time studying the most recent academic research available in preparation for formulating the program for the athletes. This program has been provided to the student-athletes of Pat-Med for the past sev ral seasons, and we love that he parents, co ch s a d the players look forw rd to it each year, just as much as we do!

Spring is right around the corner and the staff at Professional Care Physical Therapy is happy to be working once again with the student-athletes of the Patchogue- Medford JV and Varsity Baseball teams. Alarmingly, more than 25% of MLB pitchers in 2019 have undergone Tommy John surgery at some point in time and it’s important for us at ProCare to be proactive in helping our student-athletes prevent an injury, rather than treat it later-on. ProCare’s pre-season Strength, Conditioning and Injury Prevention Program, utilizes the latest research and technology and is designed to identify athletes who may

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