What is Hand Therapy?

Hand Therapy is a type of rehabilitation performed by an occupational or physical therapist on patients with conditions affecting the hands and upper extremities. Such therapy is performed by a provider with a high degree of specialization, whom puts forth the effort to enable the patient to return to a productive lifestyle as quickly as possible.

Medical Conditions treated using hand therapy include:

  • Amputations
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Cubital tunnel syndrome
  • Degenerative arthritis
  • De Quervain’s tenosynovitis
  • Dislocations and fractures
  • Dupuytren’s contracture
  • Frozen shoulder
  •  Ganglion cysts
  • Joint contractures
  • Lateral Epicondylitis
  • Medial Epicondylitis
  • Mallet finger
  • Nerve injuries and compression
  • Post infection complications
  • Pre-surgical and postsurgical impairments
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Rotator cuff pathology
  • Reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD)/complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)
  • Sprains and strains
  • Stiff hand
  • Tendon lacerations and repair
  • Tendonitis
  • Trigger thumb and trigger finger

For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact the RMC Outpatient Rehabilitation Clinic at The Tyler Center at: (256) 235-5688.


What Does Hand Therapy Provide?

  • Reduction of swelling
  • Manage wounds and hypertrophic scars
  • Splint fabrication to protect, rest or increase motion
  • Instruction in home exercise program
  • Splinting for prevention or correction of injury
  • Management of pain (acute or chronic)
  • Desensitization following nerve injury or trauma
  • Sensory re-education
  • Design and implement home exercise programs
  • Joint protection strategies
  • Teaching adapted methods of performing life skills
  • Work reconditioning