Think about how many times you use your hands every minute of the day. Now imagine if it was difficult for you to reach for a cup of coffee, use the computer, open a water bottle, or swing a hammer. These are just some of the many ways that we use our hands in everyday life, and if you think about it, there’s not much we do that doesn’t involve the use of our hands. We often take our five fingered limbs for granted, until we injure them. It’s only then that we realize how essential they are to our everyday lives.
Occupational Therapists play a unique roll in rehabilitating hands, wrists and elbows that have been involved in amputations, burns, and surgical repairs of tendons and nerves. In addition, we treat patients who have conditions such as tendonitis, rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, and carpal tunnel syndrome.
With the proper treatment and tools, occupational therapy can help you adapt to life with your injury, and/or while it heals. Your rehabilitation will begin at your first visit and treatment is customized to match your unique goals and limitations. You may experience pain management techniques, exercises to restore strength, dexterity, and range of motion; techniques to eliminate swelling and scarring; and sensory re-training.
As Occupation Therapists, our goal is always to ensure that our patient’s rehabilitation process promotes healing while assisting in the ability to perform everyday activities. A positive outcome in our work together will result in an enhanced quality of life for our patients.