Some painful conditions of the hands, elbows, arms, and shoulders are best treated by surgery followed by postoperative therapy. Therapy helps ensure that the patient realizes all the benefits of the surgery and gets back to improved functionality as soon as possible.
What is a Hand Therapist?
Certified hand therapists are either occupational or physical therapists who have specialized training in treating upper extremity conditions. At Muskegon Surgical Associates, our certified hand therapists work closely with physicians and patients to provide a continuum of care.
Hand therapy is used to treat injuries and conditions of the hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder. Hand therapy can be appropriate for patients who have been affected by an accident, trauma, repetitive stress or arthritis, or for those recovering from surgery. Treatment can begin within days of the injury or surgery and typically continues until the patient returns to work and regular activities.
The Benefits of Post-Operative Hand Therapy
Movement after surgery is vitally important. Your therapist will show you the correct way to move to promote the fastest recovery possible. Patients will typically see a hand therapist within the first week following surgery, although therapy is sometimes scheduled as soon as the next day.
Hand therapists provide patients with exercises, strengthening techniques, scar treatment, edema (swelling) control, and pain control. They can also help determine different ways to perform a job and routine tasks so patients can operate safely and efficiently.
Therapy requires a commitment to your recovery. The more consistently you attend therapy and participate in your home program, the better your outcome will be.
The MSA Hand Center Can Help
The certified hand therapists and board-certified surgeons at Muskegon Surgical Associates are skilled at treating all types of injuries and conditions of the hands and upper extremities. Contact us to schedule a consultation.