Hand Therapy

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Welcome to the Linden Oaks Physical Therapy Hand Program

The Hand Physical Therapy Program

Hand therapy is the art and science of rehabilitation of the upper limb, which includes the hand, wrist, elbow, and shoulder girdle. It is a merging of occupational and physical therapy theory and practice that combines 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 situations.

Meet the Provider

Kelly MacLaren


I wanted to take a moment to share my heartfelt appreciation for the incredible journey I've experienced under your care as my hand therapist. When I first walked into your clinic, I was filled with uncertainty and anxiety about the road ahead, but today, I am walking out with a renewed sense of hope, strength, and gratitude.-Patient

Theoretical knowledge and technical skills are applied, using good clinical judgment, in the assessment and treatment of individuals with diagnoses related to the upper limb (hand, wrist, elbow, shoulder girdle).

These may include but are not limited to:

Adhesions or tightness (e.g., musculotendinis, capsular)


Arthritis and rheumatic diseases (Basal Joint)

Carpal Tunnel

Crush injuries/mutilating trauma

Cysts and tumors

Dislocations and subluxations

Dupuytren’s disease




Ligamentous injury and instability

Muscular strains, tears, and avulsions

Nerve injuries and conditions (e.g., neuropathies, palsies, nerve repairs)

Pain (e.g. complex regional pain syndrome, fibromyalgia)

Replantation and revascularization

Tendon injuries and conditions (e.g., lacerations, transfers, tendonitis, ruptures)

Trigger Fingers

Wounds and scars

A variety of techniques and tools may be used in therapeutic intervention with hand and upper quarter patients, including but not limited to:

Assessment techniques

Adaptive, assistive and ADL devices


Edema Management

Therapeutic Exercise

Functional activity

Joint protection

Manual therapy techniques


Neuromuscular re-education

Orthotic design, selection, fitting, fabrication and training:

Patient family and/or caregiver education

Scar Management

Sensory re-education


Work conditioning/hardening

Wound care (debridement, suture and staple removal, topical and dressing management, modalities)