Welcome to the Linden Oaks Physical Therapy Hand 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.
Theoretical knowledge and technical skills are applied, using good clinical judgment in 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)
Crush injuries/mutilating trauma
Cysts and tumors
Dislocations and subluxations
Ligamentous injury and instability
Muscular strains, tears, and avulsions
Nerve injuries and conditions (e.g., neuropathies, palsies, nerve repairs)