If using your hands is causing you pain, then we provide some of the best hand therapy in Bedford Stuyvesant.
Regardless of what you typically do throughout the course of an average day, you are probably using your hands on a nearly constant basis. Our hands are one of the main ways in which we interact with the world around us to get things done, and we rely on them heavily every day.
For this reason, if it becomes painful to move your hands or any body part related to the hands—like the wrist, forearm, elbow or shoulder—functioning in our daily lives can become extremely difficult. Whether it’s an injury, an accident or a progressive condition, there are many problems that can lead to pain in the hands and surrounding area. But whatever the cause of the pain, hand therapy is the best possible way to address the issue and help you to function normally once again.
A hand therapist is an occupational or physical therapist that specializes in treating a wide variety of injuries and conditions of the upper extremity, which includes the shoulder, elbow, forearm, wrist and hand. Through extensive schooling and training, hand therapists are equipped to evaluate and treat these conditions with a number of different techniques. The overall goal of treatment is to reduce pain, improve each patient’s function and help them return to their job or sport if the condition is holding them back.
Hand therapists are capable of managing just about any injury or condition that affects the upper extremity, or to bring patients back to full strength after surgery. Some of the most common problems they treat include:
- sprains and strains,
- carpal tunnel syndrome,
- trigger finger,
- sports injuries,
- tendinitis, and
- joint replacement surgery.
Treatment programs for each patient will depend on the type and location of their injury, as well as their specific overall goals. In all cases, hand therapists will focus on helping the patient avoid surgery with the most appropriate treatments available. This may include some of the following components:
- Pain-relieving treatments like ice, heat and ultrasound
- Stretching exercises
- Strengthening exercises
- Custom-made orthotics
- Manual therapy applied to the injured area
- Advice on how to modify daily activities to reduce further injury
Through the use of these and many other interventions, hand therapists will work closely with each patient and monitor their progress until they have recovered completely. So if you’re dealing with any problems related to your hands, you should see one of our hand therapists right away. It’s the safest and most effective way to regain your hand function and help you return to an easier daily life.
In any of our four offices we provide:
- Hand Therapy in Clinton Hill,
- Hand Therapy in Park Slope,
- Hand Therapy in Fort Green,
- Hand Therapy in Bedford Stuyvesant