Hand Therapy

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Hand therapy is guided by a skilled occupational therapist or physical therapist who specializes in hand and upper extremity therapy.

Hand Therapy BannerThe hand therapist works with patients and hand surgeons to establish customized treatment plans to address upper extremity problems. Therapy that may start within days of surgery or injury through the patient’s return to work and/or functional lifestyle.

The Certified Hand Therapy Program

Common diagnoses managed by hand therapists include:

  • Arthritis
  • Thermal Injuries
  • Crush Injuries
  • Tendon Injuries
  • Amputations
  • Soft Tissue Injuries
  • Sprains or Strains
  • Nerve Injury or Compression
  • Fractures

Postoperative Rehabilitation

  • Manage Open or Sutured Wounds (Prevent Infection and Assist Healing)
  • Control of Hypertrophic or Hypersensitive Scars
  • Reduce Swelling
  • Custom Orthosis Fabrication
  • Implementation of Clinical Protocols

Preventive, Non-operative or Conservative Treatment

  • Manage acute or chronic pain.
  • Desensitize following nerve injury or trauma.
  • Sensory re-education after nerve injury.
  • Design and implement exercise programs to increase motion, dexterity, strength.
  • Splint fabrication for prevention or corrections of injury.
  • Train in daily life skills through adapted methods and equipment.
  • Condition prior to returning to work.

Industry Consultation

Hand therapists consult with various industries establishing preventive programs for workers with cumulative trauma disorders.

References: American Society of Hand Therapists, www.asht.org; Hand Therapy Certification Commission, www.htcc.org.

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Therapy Options

Arthritis Management

Hartford HealthCare Rehabilitation Network collaborates with rheumatologists to provide individualized rehabilitation to persons with arthritis so they can manage their physical symptoms.

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Physician Prescription Required

Early morning and evening appointments available

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  • Hartford Hospital Rehabilitation Network

    Hartford Hospital Rehabilitation Network offers physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech language pathology, sports medicine, and health & wellness programs. Our highly skilled staff work with people who have acute illnesses, injuries, and chronic diseases as well as those who are interested in injury prevention and/or personal fitness. We have the resources and expertise to cover the entire spectrum of diagnoses.

  • Windham Hospital Rehabilitation Network

    The therapists at Windham Hospital have cared for the physical therapy and rehabilitation needs of the Windham community for more than 40 years, and we are proud of our long legacy of excellent service to our patients and the community.

Hartford HealthCare Rehabilitation Network