Hand therapy is the art and science of evaluating and treating injuries and conditions of the hand. Wound care, splinting, scar management, therapeutic exercise and joint mobilizations may be some of therapeutic interventions used to help return a client to work, sport or play.
A hand therapist is an occupational therapist or physiotherapist who, through advanced study and experience, exclusively treats a variety of hand conditions including post-surgical and trauma patients. Common conditions treated include carpal tunnel syndrome, trigger finger, Dequervains, finger and wrist fractures, tendon repairs, nerve and crush injuries.
Early intervention is key to optimizing outcome and clients are often seen within days of having their surgery even if stitches are still in place.