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Hand/Wrist Therapy

The hands and wrists contain a total of 54 bones, allowing for a broad range of motion – and opportunities for injuries and ailments. Whether chronic or acute, ailments that inhibit the use of a hand or wrist can make everyday activities difficult. Ortho Rhode Island’s Certified Hand Therapists (CHTs) and Occupational Therapists (OTs) provide specialized care to patients with hand, wrist and elbow dysfunction, including:

  • Rehabilitation following dislocations, fractures, and nerve damage
  • Rehabilitation for injuries resulting from accidents, repetitive stress, or athletics
  • Post-surgical rehabilitation for tendon repairs, arthroscopic surgeries of the elbow, wrist and hand, nerve repairs, surgical reductions of fractures, dislocations and arthroplasties
  • Hand and wrist therapy to help combat stiffness and improve strength and flexibility.

What injuries and conditions do we treat?

Our CHTs and OTs treat:

  • Sports injuries
  • Work related injuries
  • Repetitive stress injuries
  • Nerve injuries
  • Tendon repairs
  • Fractures/dislocation
  • Carpal tunnel (median nerve compression)
  • Trigger finger (stenosing tenosynovitis)

We believe a patient’s care plan should be tailored to his or her lifestyle goals. Our focus is one-on-one individualized treatment, helping the patient regain maximal use of the hand or wrist to return to the daily activities most important to them. As part of this commitment to personalized treatment, our therapists employ a variety of techniques to match each patient’s unique needs.

 

What treatments do we offer?

Our hand and wrist modalities include:

  • Custom splinting
  • Therapeutic exercise
  • Manual therapy
  • Desensitization and sensory re-education
  • Edema and scar management
  • Ultrasound
  • Low-level laser
  • Paraffin
  • Electrical stimulation
  • NMES (Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation)
  • Iontophoresis
  • Fluidotherapy
  • Thermal modalities
  • Pain management
  • Work conditioning
  • Patient & Caregiver education
  • Prescription & implementation of home exercise programs
  • Joint protection
  • Activity modification

 

 

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