Hand therapy is a specialty area of occupational therapy and physiotherapy concerned with optimizing the functional use of the hand and arm. In most cases, an individual will require hand therapy as the result of an injury or an acquired condition.
Common conditions requiring hand therapy include:
- Arthritis –(for example – rheumatoid and osteoarthritis)
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Dequervain’s tendonitis
- Dupuytren’s contracture following release
- Ligament injuries eg. Volar plate injuries, skier’s thumb etc
- Mallet fingers
- Nerve repairs
- Repetitive strain injuries
- Tendon repairs
What patients can expect?
A thorough assessment of the hand or upper limb by a qualified therapist is the first-step towards receiving optimal treatment. Depending on the results of the initial assessment, treatment may include some or all of the following: fabrication of a custom-made splint, range of motion exercises, swelling reduction, patient education, hand strengthening exercises, scar management strategies, joint protection education, simple adaptations for activities of daily living, and other OT interventions.
Occupational therapists utilize a client-centred approach within this specialty area. Collaborating with the client, the OT identifies the fulfilling and meaningful activities that the client needs and wants to be able to do in his/her daily life. In addition to optimizing the physical function of the hand, a primary goal of therapy is to enable the individual to do the things in life he/she identifies as important and meaningful. Therapy addresses the individual’s whole body, mind and lifestyle, not just an isolated hand or arm injury.
Benefits of hand therapy may include:
Pain reduction, increased range of motion, increased hand strength, increased functional activity, and return to functional activities.
Why a thermoplastic splint?
Thermoplastic splints are custom-moulded for you. They provide optimum fit, comfort and joint positioning. They are light-weight and durable and can be taken on and off as they have Velcro attachments. They can also be re-moulded by your therapist in order to maintain a proper fit as you heal, as swelling decreases or as joint positioning needs change.
How is this program covered?
This program is provided by an Occupational Therapist specializing in Hand Therapy. If your insurance benefits cover Occupational Therapy services, this program will be covered under that service.
Please call (519) 433-9111 or Fax (519) 433-8515 for more information and to book your appointment today.
You may also email us at ReceptionNorth@fpclondon.com
Our Current Fee Schedule
Hand Therapy Assessment (1 hour) – $120
Hand Therapy Treatment (30 minutes) – $60