Hammond-Henry Hospital

Hand Therapy

A Helping Hand in Every Way

What is Hand Therapy?

Hand Therapy is a type of rehabilitation performed by an occupational therapist on patients with conditions affecting the hand, wrist, and upper extremity. Full use of your hands is vital to nearly every task you perform to function. Following injury or disease you want your hands or upper extremities to get the care needed to regain their full function. This will enable you to perform your work and everyday tasks again.

Types of diagnois hand therapist treat

  • Physical injury or trauma, including fractures, crush injuries, or tendon lacerations
  • Following surgical interventions such as joint replacement, carpal tunnel release, and trigger finger release
  • Overuse tendonitis, including tennis elbow and DeQuervain’s Syndrome
  • Disease such as arthritis and Dupuytren’s contracture
  • Nerve compression, including carpal tunnel and cubital tunnel syndromes

How Hand Therapy helps

Occupational therapists perform individualized assessments to determine how to assist you with:
  • Increasing functional use of your hand and upper extremity for everyday activities
  • Improving range of motion and flexibility
  • Improving strength
  • Controlling edema or swelling
  • Reducing pain and inflammation
  • Minimizing scar formation
  • Improving fine and gross motor coordination

Why choose Hand Therapy?

Our hand therapists are professionally licensed and have training and experience to carefully design your path to recovery. Hand therapist goals include patient education regarding diagnosis and rehabilitation; communication with referring physicians; and providing 1:1 care while improving the patient’s level of function in a timely manner.

Hand Therapy services are offered

  • Upon physician referral, a comprehensive evaluation of the affected extremity and functional impact of injury is assessed.
  • Design and implementation of home exercise program to increase range of motion, strength, and/or dexterity for improved hand/upper extremity functional use.
  • Management of acute or chronic pain including use of thermal/electrical modalities as necessary.
  • Custom fabricated orthotic splinting for prevention, protection, correction of injury, or functional positioning.
  • Instruction with scar management, edema control, and wound care.
  • Instruction in joint protection, energy conservation and work simplification techniques.
  • Training in the performance of daily living skills utilizing adapted methods and equipment as required.

 Hammond-Henry Hospital Rehabilitation Services
600 North College Avenue
Geneseo, IL 61254
(309) 944-9150