Hand Therapy is a rehabilitation technique recommended to improve the strength and restore functional activity of hands in patients with upper extremity injuries. Hand therapy also helps in preventing the injury.
Hand therapy, based on the rehabilitation program or preventive therapy, may be initiated within few days of the injury or surgery and continued until the patient restores to normal activities.
Rehabilitative hand therapy aims at minimising swelling and managing sensitive scars, improving motion and strength, preventing or correcting injury using specially designed splints, teaching to cope with pain and new techniques for performing regular activities, and ensuring complete recovery.
Hand therapists can help in modifying work stations and developing appropriate training programs so as to minimise injuries at work places.
Hand therapy is recommended in various conditions:
Trauma: Following accidents, trauma, or surgery for injured tendons or nerves, fractures, and amputations of fingers, hands or arms.
Sports injuries: Wrist pain and tennis elbow
Disease conditions: Arthritis, and neurological conditions (stroke)