Problems of the upper extremities can affect all aspects of a person’s function and quality of life. Handwriting, greeting people and shaking their hands, self-care such as eating, dressing, or grooming can all be impacted. Using a computer or playing a musical instrument, opening jars or turning a key in the ignition may be difficult or impossible to perform.
Hand therapy is a specialized area of rehabilitation that focuses on problems of the upper extremity. Diagnoses treated include fractures of the upper arm, elbow, forearm, wrist, or hand; lacerations of tendons or nerves; crush injuries; pain syndromes; osteoarthritis; rheumatoid arthritis; tendonitis such as tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, or trigger finger; dog, cat, or spider bites; Dupuytren’s release; amputations; strains or sprains; or nerve entrapments/neuropathies such as carpal tunnel syndrome or cubital tunnel syndrome.
Scottsdale Healthcare has full-time certified hand therapists at the Osborn and Shea campuses. Our hand therapy approach is patient-centered with one-on-one care. Treatments include custom splinting, manual therapy, physical agent modalities, range of motion, tendon gliding, nerve gliding, desensitization, sensory re-education, activities of daily living with assistive devices and adaptive strategies, strengthening, patient education, and home exercise programs.
Call one of our three clinics for more information or to schedule an appt.