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Hand Therapy Program
233 Carew Street, Springfield, MA 01104

Hand therapy is a specialty practice area of Occupational Therapy (OT) and is typically concerned with treating orthopedic-based upper-extremity conditions to optimize the functional use of the hand and arm. Conditions seen by the occupational therapy practitioner specializing in this area include fractures of the hand or arm, lacerations and amputations, burns, and surgical repairs of tendons and nerves. Acquired conditions such as tendonitis, rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, and carpal tunnel syndrome also are treated by hand specialists.

The Weldon OT department is comprised of therapists with specialized training in upper extremity rehabilitation, as well as a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) with certification through the Hand Therapy Certification Commission.

OT’s who specialize in hand therapy can provide rehabilitation intervention that enables the hand to function well and prevent further injury.

This process may include:

  • Evaluating of the client's injury following care by an orthopedist to coordinate treatment plans and determine the course of intervention.
  • Analyzing the client's environment at home and work to identify potential barriers to the client's performance.
  • Fabricating a protective splint for the injured part of the hand and teach the client how to manage daily activities while wearing the splint.
  • Recommending a home exercise program that will facilitate healing and optimum use of the hand.
  • Applying techniques to reduce swelling, prevent further injury, care for wounds, and improve movement.
  • Instructing the client in how to complete activities safely and independently while the hand is being rehabilitated.
  • Incorporating the client's goals and desires into the treatment plan.

For further information about Occupational Therapy and Certified Hand Therapy, please contact the Weldon Rehabilitation Hospital at 413-748-6880.

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