Hand Therapy: How Can It Help Me?

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While your hands may be small when compared to the rest of your body, they put in a ton of work each day. Your hands are important for nearly everything that you do, making wrist and joint pain extremely inconvenient. If you are unable to pick up objects or lift things without experiencing pain in your hand or wrist, it’s easy to avoid completing even the simplest of tasks. Luckily, at Hands-On Physical Therapy, we can help to relieve your pain and restore proper function to your hands. Our expert physical therapists have the tools necessary to help you make a quick recovery from joint or wrist pain so that you can get back to enjoying a higher quality of life. Continue reading to learn more about the benefits of physical therapy for hand and wrist pain.

What Is Hand Therapy?

Hand therapy is a specific type of physical therapy or rehabilitation treatment that is performed by either an occupational or physical therapist. Our physical therapists utilize a number of different manual therapy and soft tissue techniques to reduce pain. Additionally, depending on the type and severity of your injury, our physical therapist may recommend completing hand exercises, retraining techniques, stretching and custom splinting in an effort to increase your overall comfort and return function to the hand. To improve the effectiveness of your physical therapy treatment, we can also supply recommendations on how to complete daily tasks while utilizing limited hand abilities.

Who Can Benefit From Hand Therapy Treatment?

Most commonly, our physical therapist uses hand therapy to treat patients who have been in an accident or some sort of traumatic experience that leaves them with wounds that may include fractures of the hand, injured nerves and tendons, burns, scars and even amputations of the fingers, hands, and arms. Other common conditions that can be effectively treated with this specialized type of physical therapy include chronic pain issues like arthritis, neurological conditions, tennis elbow, post-operative rehabilitation, joint replacement, and carpal tunnel syndrome.

What Are the Benefits of Hand Therapy at Hands-On Physical Therapy?

As with any holistic treatment, hand therapy provides patients with an alternative to more invasive treatment methods like surgery. Physical therapy is safe, effective and treats the root cause of pain without the use of prescription medications. Some of the main benefits of this advanced physical therapy also include:

  •         A preventative, non-invasive and conservative treatment method
  •         Pain management for both acute and chronic pain
  •         Conditioning before returning to work or sports
  •         Home exercise programs that are designed to increase the range of motion, strengthen and provide better dexterity

Restored Function and Renewed Confidence

One of the greatest benefits that patients can enjoy with physical therapy for the hands and wrists is the feeling of restored function. It’s no secret that your hands and arms are vital for completing everything from the smallest to the biggest tasks throughout your day. Many common hand injuries can take a great toll on your mental health over time, affecting your ability to enjoy hobbies, eat meals and get out of bed. And due to the complex nature of the hand, other treatment options may not be suitable. With targeted physical therapy, we can help to restore proper function to your hand and give you a renewed sense of confidence.

Contact Our Physical Therapist Today

Interested in learning more about the benefits of hand therapy? Contact Hands-On Physical Therapy in Astoria, NY today, to see how we can help you live a pain-free life.