Memorial's Hand Therapy program addresses reduced motion, weakness, numbness or pain of the arm. This includes the hand, wrist, forearm, elbow and shoulder.
In the presence of trauma or the gradual onset of pain or numbness, compromised use of the hand or arm can be very disabling. Our hand therapists treat only these problems and are specialists in rehabilitating these conditions.
Disorders a therapist may rehabilitate include fractures, tendon/nerve injury, amputation, joint replacement, nerve compression (carpal tunnel, cubital tunnel, radial tunnel), arthritis, burns, tennis elbow/lateral epicondylitis, and any post-surgical condition.
Types of treatment offered
Interventions that may be a part of your therapy include:
- Splint fabrication
- Active or assisted motion
- Use of heat, cold and other modalities
- Wound and scar management
- Sensation evaluation and retraining
- Swelling reduction
- Home-exercise program
- Functional retraining
- Work and leisure analysis
What to expect
A hand therapist will evaluate your condition, identify therapist and patient goals and develop a treatment plan customized to your needs. Therapy interventions are individualized, considering each patient's particular diagnosis, response to treatment and overall medical condition. Our therapists serve as advocates for our patient's needs by communicating with physicians and other members of the healthcare team.
A primary therapist is assigned to each patient for personal attention. A prompt and safe return to work and leisure involves personalizing a treatment plan, empowering patients with knowledge about their conditions and including them in the therapy process.
For more information about Memorial's Hand Therapy services, call 217-862-0400 or email us.