Hand Therapy of Petoskey

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What is Hand Therapy?

Hand therapy is the discipline that addresses injuries and conditions of the:

  • Hand
  • Wrist
  • Elbow
  • Shoulder

Certified hand therapists focus on occupational and physical therapies with specialized training in the treatment of upper extremity conditions through advanced study.

Hand Therapy of Petoskey therapists work closely with physicians and clients to provide a full continuum of care. Treatment often begins within days of an injury or surgery and continues until the client has returned to work and/or a productive lifestyle.

Conditions Treated

Hand therapists treating upper extremity conditions including:

  • Post-surgical care
  • Traumatic injuries
  • Fractures and dislocations
  • Sports injuries
  • Tennis elbow and other types of tendonitis
  • Carpal tunnel, cubital tunnel, thoracic outlet syndrome, and other nerve entrapment disorders
  • Repetitive motion syndromes
  • Amputations
  • Burns and frostbite
  • Arthritis
  • Tendon and nerve injuries
  • Dupuytren’s contracture
  • Complex regional pain syndrome (RSD)

Evaluation and Treatment

Following thorough evaluation, individualized treatment plans are developed for each client and may include:

  • Manual therapy
  • Wound care
  • Range of motion and strengthening exercises
  • Control of swelling
  • Moist heat and cold therapy
  • Neuromuscular re-education
  • Ultrasound, iontophoresis, and electrical stimulation
  • Scar and soft tissue massage
  • Desensitization and sensory re-education
  • Customized orthosis fabrication
  • Joint protection principles
  • Therapeutic activities
  • Home exercise programs