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The outpatient hand therapy program provides a wide variety of services, including the comprehensive evaluation and treatment of upper extremity dysfunctions by a certified hand therapist. 

Certified hand therapists are skilled in evaluating:

  • Atrophy
  • Deformities
  • Dexterity
  • Edema
  • Endurance
  • Home management
  • Neurovascular status
  • Pain
  • Range of motion
  • Scars
  • Sensation
  • Skin/nail conditions
  • Stiffness
  • Strength
  • Vocational/avocational tasks
  • Wounds

The skilled therapists provide one-on-one care, and are attentive to each patient’s individual needs and goals. They are trained to provide a variety of treatment techniques that will help maximize recovery potential, including:

  • Edema control
  • Electrical stimulation
  • Functional activities related to joint mobilization
  • Manual lymph drainage (Glen Cove location only)
  • Massage activities of daily living
  • Myofascial release
  • Neuro-developmental treatment (Glen Cove location only)
  • Neuro-muscular re-education
  • Patient education (e.g., energy conservation, work simplification, adaptation, joint protection principles)
  • Scar release therapy
  • Soft tissue mobilization
  • Splinting
  • Therapeutic exercise
  • Thermal modalities (hot/cold therapy)
  • Trigger point therapy
  • Wound care

Hand therapy is typically provided for the following conditions:

  • Amputations
  • Arthritis
  • Burns
  • Cumulative trauma
  • Finger/wrist joint replacement
  • Fractures
  • Lymphedema
  • Neuromuscular weakness
  • Peripheral nerve injuries/repairs
  • Reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD)
  • Skin grafts/flaps
  • Sprains/strains
  • Tendinitis
  • Tendon and ligament injuries and repairs
  • Tumors
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