Hand Therapy includes the hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder girdle. It is a merging of occupational and physical therapy theory and practice that combine comprehensive knowledge of the structure of the upper limb with function and activity. Using specialized skills in assessment, planning and treatment, hand therapists provide therapeutic interventions to prevent dysfunction, restore function and/or reverse the progression of pathology of the upper limb in order to enhance an individual’s ability to execute tasks and to participate fully in life activities.
Patients that benefit from hand therapy are those with injuries or dysfunctions of the hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder; neurological disorders, tendon injuries, joint replacements, chronic and debilitating diagnoses that affect the upper extremities, and those in need of orthotic or prosthetic training, or fabrication/modification of splints or orthotics.
Kim Clark, MOT, OTR/L is working towards the National Hand Therapy Certification. She provides hand therapy for patients in the hospital and the out-patient clinic, the Center for Rehab and Sports Medicine.