What is Hand Therapy?
A hand therapist is an occupational or physical therapist who, through advanced studies and experience, specializes in treating individuals with conditions that affect the hands and/or upper extremity.
Hand therapists can evaluate, treat, and rehabilitate a patient’s upper extremity through post-operative, preventative, non-operative or conservative treatment and rehabilitation.
Our therapists work directly with our renowned team of physicians and clinical staff to provide a strong continuum of care throughout the duration of treatment.
What is a Certified Hand Therapist?
A hand specialist (physical or occupational) can obtain an advanced certification as a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) – we currently have 2 on staff.
A Certified Hand Therapist is an occupational therapist or physical therapist with a minimum of 3 years of experience, plus 4,000 hours of hand and upper extremity therapy practice and rehabilitation.
CHT's pass a certification examination that demonstrates knowledge of all areas of hand and upper extremity therapy before being able to utilize the CHT designation.
What Can I Expect From my Hand Therapist?
If you are considering hand therapy with one of our specialists in Nashville or Franklin, you can expect them to provide you with:
- Accurate assessments, immediate care, and effective treatment to reduce treatment time
- Functional outcomes ensuring a faster return to work and productive lifestyle
- Full spectrum, comprehensive care for all patients
- Custom fabricated orthoses for either mobilization or immobilization purposes based on your doctor’s recommendations
- Splints can help decrease pain, enhance muscle performance, stabilize or immobilize joints, and assist in the recovery of injured muscles, tendons or nerves.
- Comprehensive treatment approach that is customized and appropriate for each individual patient
How Will my Hand be Treated?
Aside from strengthening and stretching hand exercises, your physical therapist may also incorporate the following techniques:
- Modalities such as heat, paraffin, contrast baths, ultrasound, cold laser and iontophoresis, NMES/electric stimulation
- Neuromuscular re-education, electrical stimulation, mirror therapy, sensory re-training and desensitization techniques
- Manual therapy including soft tissue and joint mobilization, scar management and edema management
- Post-surgical wound care and dressing changes
- Custom splint fabrication of static, dynamic and static-progressive splints
- Serial casting and CMMS (casting motion to mobilize stiffness)
- Education in joint protection and activity modification, correction of joint imbalances, and prevention of joint deformities
- Therapeutic exercises, upper body strengthening, re-balancing and conditioning exercises
- Education in posture and ergonomics, recommendations for modifying the workstation and daily activities
- Recommendations for assistive or adaptive devices
Who Should Get Hand Therapy?
If you have pain in your hands, wrists, arms, elbows, shoulders, or fingers, you may benefit from seeing a hand specialist. A hand therapist can help you recover from surgery, prevent and relieve everyday pain, or treat specific conditions related to the hand and upper extremity. If you have any of the following conditions, you may benefit from hand therapy:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Cubital tunnel syndrome
- Tennis elbow
Hand Therapy in Nashville and Franklin, TN
If you have pain in the hand or upper extremity, seek help from one of our top-notch hand therapists in Nashville or Franklin, TN. To schedule an appointment, call us or request an appointment online.