PTII: Hand Therapy

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Why See A Hand Therapist?

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Hand Therapists provide the following: • Accurate assessments, immediate care and effective treatment to reduce treatment time. • A continuum of care eliminating the need for multiple medical providers. • Faster recovery results in decreased medical costs. • Functional outcomes ensuring a faster return to work and productive lifestyle. • The most comprehensive care for their patients.

A qualified hand therapist can evaluate and treat any problem related to the upper extremity. The hand therapist can effectively treat and rehabilitate the patient through post-operative rehabilitation, preventative, non-operative or conservative treatment or industry consultation. The therapist works closely with the physician and patient to provide a continuum of care. This often starts within days of the injury or surgery right through the patient’s return to work and /or a productive lifestyle. Hand therapy is the art and science of evaluating and treating injuries and conditions of the upper extremity (shoulder, arm, elbow, forearm, wrist and hand). Hand therapy uses a number of therapeutic interventions to help return a person to their highest level of function. Hand therapists can help bridge the gap from the medical management of a patient’s injury or condition to a successful recovery, allowing their patient to function normally in their daily lives. A hand specialist, like we have at PTII, may also have advanced certification as a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT). CHT vs. OT/PT Occupational therapists have graduated from an accredited OT program, passed a national registration exam and are licensed to practice as OTs in the state in which they work (unless no licensure exists in that state). Physical therapists have graduated from a PT accredited program, passed a national registration exam and are licensed to practice in the state in which they both work. Both occupational therapists and physical therapists can practice in any specialty area of their professions, such as general rehabilitation, neurological rehabilitation, head injury, orthopedics, pediatrics, geriatrics, or hand therapy.

What can Hand Therapists Treat (but not limited to) • Carpal tunnel syndrome

• Nerve Injury/Laceration

• Cubital tunnel syndrome

• Lateral Epicondylitis (tennis elbow) • Medial Epicondylitis (golfers elbow)

• DeQuervains Tenosynovitis

• Digital Amputations

• Trigger Finger

• Hand/Arm Fractures

• Crush Injuries

• Dupuytrens Disease

• Soft Tissue Injuries

• Tendon Injury/Laceration

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