The hands play a crucial role in all sorts of function as well as communication and self expression. They are brilliantly designed for these many tasks. Sometimes, even the smallest of injuries can have significant impact on daily life.
Physical therapists commonly treat:
- Sprains, strains, and fractures
- Pain, decreased sensation, or disability secondary to nerve entrapment or dysfunction in the cervical spine or upper extremity
- Pain and disability secondary to arthritic conditions
- Muscular dysfunction and pain in either the forearm or hand
Treatments for hand and wrist pain
A physical therapist plays a significant role in helping a patient recover from hand and wrist pain. Physical therapy services include:
- Manual therapy for improving mobility and function
- Exercise prescription
- Splint and brace prescription or creation
- Neuromuscular and functional training
- Prescription of adaptive equipment
- Treatment with modalities
Therapists often guide patients throughout the rehabilitation process – from initial injury to return to full function.