Occupational/Hand Therapy

Hand rehabilitation is a specialty area of orthopedic injuries of the upper extremity. After years of training, an occupational or physical therapist can earn a hand therapy designation as a certified hand therapist (CHT). Our hand therapists are knowledgeable in the most current treatment protocols and products, and they work closely with the surgeons. They are skilled in custom splint fabrication, which they can create on-site at your visit.

Some of the injuries seen by our specialists at Apple Therapy happen at work or during sports activities. It is our goal to restore normal function to these individuals following their injuries or surgical procedures. Our CHTs are also skilled in the area of custom fabrication of orthotic splints.

WE OFFER OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY FOR ANY OF THE FOLLOWING:
  • Fractures
  • Nerve compressions (such as carpal tunnel syndrome)
  • Tendonitis
  • Arthritis
  • Trigger finger
  • Dupuytren’s contracture
  • Congenital hand deformities
  • RSD/CRPS
  • Crush injury
  • Cumulative trauma
  • Sprain/strain
  • Wounds
  • Digit amputation
  • Contracture
  • Stiffness
  • Edema
  • Work and sports related injury of the upper extremity
  • Tendon and nerve lacerations
  • Ongenital hand deformity

Splinting

Hand therapy is a specialized area of occupational therapy that focuses on treating upper-extremity orthopedic conditions and promoting independence in functional activities. Hand therapist’s make custom splints/orthotics to meet the individualistic need of the patient. Ranging from a multitude of diagnoses/injuries (fractures, tendon lacerations, contracted joints, tendonitis, arthritis); splints are fabricated to ensure optimal healing by supporting, protecting, and positioning appropriately. For example, an occupational therapist evaluates a patient after receiving a flexor tendon repair approximately ten days prior. It is essential that a dorsal blocking splint is fabricated to prevent composite wrist and digit extension in order to protect the repair. Splinting material is unique in that it can be adjusted easily and placed in a variety of positions due to the low-temperature plastic. The adaptability of splinting material helps ensure that the patient’s extremity is at the most optimal position during the healing process.