Hand therapy is highly specialized treatment of hand and upper extremity injuries and conditions. Our therapists are certified hand therapists which requires an extensive amount of hand therapy experience and passage of a rigorous written examination.
Hand therapy includes treatment after an acute or chronic injury and provides a wide array of treatment based on a patient’s needs, such as postural education, work conditioning and body mechanics. We provide an individualized, hands on, approach in treating our patients. Our therapists specialize in treating the following hand, elbow and shoulder conditions:
Pre & post-surgical rehabilitation
Hand & wrist injuries
Elbow & upper extremity injuries and disorders
Shoulder pain and injuries, including brachial plexopathies
Work and repetitive strain injuries
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Arthritis and joint problems
Pediatric Hand Therapy
What is pediatric hand therapy?
Pediatric hand therapy is designed specifically for the unique needs of children. Children experience different types of injuries and recover differently than adults. Children also have unique congenital and genetic conditions that affect hands, elbows and shoulders. Josh MacDonald, a certified hand therapist and occupational therapist with extensive pediatric experience, works closely with physicians, patients and caregivers to ensure the best possible outcomes. We provide a fun, playful and safe environment that meets each child’s needs.
Who can benefit from pediatric hand therapy?
Pediatric hand therapy is appropriate for any child with a traumatic or congenital hand, elbow or shoulder condition, including:
Brachial Plexus Injuries
Congenital (poly-, syn-, camptodactyly and radial deficiency)
What is pediatric splinting?
Whether following an injury or to help treat congenital or neurologic conditions, splinting for children helps the recovery process, but is complicated. Designing and fabricating a splint for a child requires an awareness of pediatric anatomy, developmental needs, psychosocial status and a creative touch. With over 17 years of experience in pediatrics and hand therapy, we are uniquely qualified to meet the splinting needs of children.
What are custom splints (custom orthotics) and why do we use them?
A patient’s pain and hand/arm instability from an injury, arthritic degeneration or other problem can be improved with a custom splint (which is also known as an orthotic). We fabricate custom splints to fit each of our patient’s specific anatomical and diagnostic needs. While no patient enjoys wearing a splint, our custom splints are more comfortable and easier to tolerate than a hard cast or pre-fabricated splint. Hard casts are heavy and not removable for bathing and other tasks which can cause skin problems and discomfort. Prefabricated splints may be useful in limited circumstances, but they lack the same stability and comfortable fit as a custom option. With specialized training, knowledge and experience, our therapists create a splint specifically designed and fabricated for each patient.
Radial Gutter- Forearm Based
Relative Motion (ICAM)
Relative Motion (ICAM)
Ulnar Gutter - Forearm Based
Wrist Support Ulnar Based
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