Hand Therapy Specialist in Fort Myers FL, and Port Charlotte FL
At Florida Hand Center, Dr. Stephen L. Helgemo, Jr. MD, is a hand specialists who help in the recovery of a variety of conditions, including carpal tunnel syndrome, fractures, arthritis, and hand traumas. Hand therapy is designed to help patients regain function and improve their quality of life by providing customized treatment plans tailored to their specific needs. Patients may return to a productive lifestyle with the help of hand therapy. Hand therapist aims to get your hand functional as quickly as feasible by monitoring the injuries and inflammation that are affecting the upper limb. To make the hand perform the desired function, please contact us or request an appointment online. We have convenient locations in Fort Myers, FL, and Port Charlotte, FL.
Table of Contents:
What is hand therapy?
What does hand therapy involve?
How often should you do hand therapy?
What are common conditions in hand therapy?
Hand therapy is a specialized form of therapy that focuses on treating conditions affecting the hands, wrists, and upper extremities. This type of therapy is typically administered by occupational or physical therapists who have undergone specialized training in the anatomy, function, and treatment of the hand and upper extremity. Hand therapy is designed to help patients regain function and improve their quality of life by providing customized treatment plans tailored to their specific needs.
Hand therapists may use a variety of techniques, including exercises, manual therapy, splinting, and may make use of heat or cold therapy, to help patients regain strength, dexterity, and range of motion in their hands and upper extremities.
Hand therapy involves a range of techniques and exercises aimed at improving the function of the hand and wrist. The therapy is often performed by a licensed occupational therapist or physical therapist who specializes in the treatment of hand and upper extremity conditions. The therapy sessions typically involve a combination of exercises and stretches that are designed to increase strength, flexibility, and range of motion in the hand and wrist. The therapist may also use various modalities, such as heat or ice therapy, to help alleviate pain and inflammation. Additionally, hand therapy may involve the use of specialized equipment, such as splints or braces, to provide support and promote healing.
Overall, hand therapy is a highly specialized form of therapy that can help individuals with a wide range of hand and wrist conditions regain function and improve their quality of life.
The frequency of hand therapy largely depends on the nature of the patient’s injury or condition, the stage of healing, and the goals of therapy. Typically, patients may require hand therapy several times a week in the initial stages of recovery, while others may only need it once or twice a week. Patients may also need to continue therapy on a longer-term basis to maintain function and prevent future problems.
Another factor that can impact the frequency of hand therapy is the patient’s commitment to their therapy regimen. Consistency in attending appointments and following through with exercises and at-home care can have a significant impact on the effectiveness of therapy. Hand therapists may also recommend modifications to a patient’s daily activities or ergonomics to prevent further injury and improve overall function.
It is important for patients to communicate with their hand therapist about their progress and any changes in their condition. Based on this ongoing evaluation, the frequency of hand therapy sessions can be adjusted as needed to optimize outcomes and ensure the best possible recovery.
Hand therapy can be beneficial for a wide range of conditions, some of the most common conditions treated by hand therapists include fractures, tendon and nerve injuries, arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, trigger finger, and more. Hand therapists may also work with patients who have experienced amputations or burns that affect the hands.
Fractures are one of the most common reasons that people seek hand therapy, as they can result in significant pain, swelling, and decreased range of motion in the hand and wrist. Tendon and nerve injuries can also be debilitating, as they can impact the ability to grip and manipulate objects. Arthritis is a chronic condition that can cause pain, stiffness, and swelling in the joints of the hand, making it difficult to perform everyday tasks.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition in which the median nerve is compressed as it passes through the wrist, leading to numbness, tingling, and weakness in the hand. Trigger finger causes the finger to lock or catch when it is bent while Dupuytren’s contracture causes thickening and tightening of the tissue beneath the skin of the hand, resulting in a claw-like deformity.
Hand therapists work with patients to develop individualized treatment plans that may include exercises, splinting, and other modalities to help improve function and reduce pain.
Hand therapy is available at Florida Hand Center. For more information, contact us today to request an appointment. We serve patients from Port Charlotte FL, Fort Myers FL, Punta Gorda FL, Cape Coral FL, Charlotte Harbor FL, Harbour Heights FL, Estero FL, Lake Suzy FL, Murdock FL, Solana FL, and surrounding areas.
Additional Services You May Need
▸ Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
▸ Basilar Joint Arthritis
▸ Trigger Finger
▸ Dupuytren’s Contracture
▸ DeQuervain’s Tendonitis
▸ Ganglion Cysts
▸ Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
▸ Lateral Epicondylitis
▸ Small Joint Arthritis
▸ Wrist Pain
▸ Scaphoid Fracture Treatment
▸ Flexor Tendon Injuries Treatment
▸ Hand Tumors Removal Surgery
▸ Work Related Hand Injuries