On the Mend Physical Therapy has therapists who are specialists with hand and wrist therapy to help you reduce pain, swelling, and numbness while increasing your dexterity and overall use of your hands and wrists.
Hands and wrists contain some of the most complex muscle, joint, and nerve structures in the entire human body, which means there’s a lot that can go wrong. So, it’s no surprise that hand and wrist issues—ranging from sprains and strains to arthritis and carpal tunnel syndrome—are incredibly common.
Symptoms of those issues may include:
- Pain in the joints and soft tissues
- Decreased range of motion
- Weak grip
A physical therapist will use a combination of manual therapy techniques and prescribed exercise to alleviate the above-mentioned symptoms and address the root cause of pain and functional impairment. In some cases, that cause may actually be an issue with the patient’s neck, back, or shoulders. Once the therapist performs and evaluation and establishes a diagnosis, he or she will develop a plan of care designed to meet the patient’s therapy goals.
Treatment may include:
- Joint and soft tissue mobilization/manipulation
- Therapeutic massage
- Exercises aimed at correcting muscle imbalances and improving overall strength
- Electrical stimulation
Hand and wrist therapists can also help patients rehabilitate following surgery, helping ensure they experience optimal surgical outcomes and get back to their desired level of function as quickly as possible.