Hand Therapy Scarsdale, NY

Hand Therapy

WHAT IS HAND THERAPY?

The primary objective of NYSSPT’s certified hand therapy is to provide a comprehensive and specialist-powered program to maintain or improve functional independence and/or prevent deformities of the hand and upper extremity through appropriate therapeutic intervention, splinting, and patient education. Hand Therapy services are implemented by a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) who has completed advanced training in occupational therapy.

The hand is a delicate and complex network of bones, cartilage, tendons, and ligaments, and is vital to activities of work and countless other everyday tasks. This makes the upper extremity (hand, wrist, elbow, and shoulder) vulnerable to several injuries/conditions:

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome and other nerve compression syndromes from repetitive movement
  • Arthritis – joint inflammation
  • Post-op tendon and nerve repairs
  • Fractures and sprains from athletics or trauma
  • Tendonitis – e.g., tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, and shoulder impingement
  • Ligamentous instability, most often seen in the shoulder and wrist
  • Trigger finger- a condition in which a finger becomes stuck in a bent position
  • Wounds and burns

All patients receive one-on-one treatment from a certified hand therapist who will create your plan of treatment, using the highest clinical standards in the field. NYSSPT’s CHT is trained in the latest techniques in hand and arm rehabilitation to ensure that our patients recover quickly and safely.

a better wrist splint for carpal tunnel Hand Therapy

 

YOUR TREATMENT: WHAT TO EXPECT

Here at NYSSPT, our Certified Hand Therapist is specifically trained in developing both non-operative and post-surgical rehabilitation plans, providing interventions geared to optimize function for the patient’s unique daily living activities, occupations, and hobbies.  Our CHT takes a patient-centered approach when developing the plan of care and goals for treatment. Therapeutic interventions might include:

  • Orthotic (splint) design, selection, fitting, fabrication, and training (dynamic/static)
  • Manual therapy, including joint and soft tissue mobilization, therapeutic massage, trigger point therapy, Graston® technique, and Kinesio Taping
  • Edema control and wound/scar management
  • Therapeutic exercises, neuromuscular re-education, and postural retraining
  • with the selection or of adaptive devices and/or techniques
  • Pain management and treatment
  • Sensory re-education after nerve injury
  • Patient education in injury prevention through ergonomic assessment and movement analysis
  • Physical agent modalities, including ultrasound, electrical stimulation, and laser therapy to enhance treatment

Your doctor and our Certified Hand Therapist will work with you to develop an individualized plan of care, including home exercise programs and therapy, so that you can resume your normal activities.

For more information contact us or visit us at Scarsdale & Thornwood NY centers.