Rely on the specialists at Adventist HealthCare Rehabilitation for hand therapy after an injury, surgery or health condition affects the abilities of an upper limb.
Certified Hand Therapists
Work with our certified hand therapists – occupational and physical therapists with advanced training. Count on our doctors to diagnose and care for problems that affect your arm, elbow, forearm, hand, shoulder and wrist.
Hand Conditions We Treat
If you’re 18 or older, turn to our team for specialized care for:
Evaluation & Diagnosis
At your first appointment, your therapist will ask about your symptoms. Your doctor may recommend certain tests and measure your:
- Function, how well your body part works
- Range of motion
- Sensation, your ability to feel
Your therapist will get to know you and your goals — such as moving more easily and with less pain, or using your hands for specific tasks. Your therapist will develop an individualized treatment to help you regain as much function as possible. Your plan may include:
- Desensitization – Uses different textures to decrease discomfort in skin that’s too sensitive
- Electrical stimulation – Uses a low level of electric current to improve muscle strength and function in the hand
- Heat and cold therapy – Treats pain and swelling
- Joint mobilization – Reduces pain and increases range of motion with gentle movements
- Joint protection – Teaches you new ways to use your body to decrease symptoms
- Neuromuscular reeducation – Improves balance and posture with exercises
- Scar and soft tissue injury management – Supports healing
- Swelling and edema management – Treats swelling in part of the body
If you have pain, swelling or stiffness, ultrasound therapy may help. During treatment, your doctor uses a device called a transducer to send sound waves to your body. This can help improve your flexibility and healing.
Turn to our team for devices customized to you. This means your device will be comfortable, adjustable and durable for your daily activities. You may need:
- Adaptive equipment, such as gripping aids
Multidisciplinary Care Team
Enjoy coordinated care from specialists who communicate with each other and recommend services that may help you. Depend on Adventist HealthCare for physical, occupational and neurological therapies, as well as support during your rehabilitation journey.
Self-Care at Home
Trust your therapist to help you make a plan to do exercises on your own to continue your progress.