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Occupational / Hand Therapy

Hand therapy is the science of treating strength and range of motion in an individual’s upper extremity. It includes arms, hands, wrists, shoulders, elbows, and forearms. Patients seeking hand therapy generally have an injury or chronic condition which demands therapeutic assistance. Hand therapists specialize in this treatment, providing preventative care, post-operational rehabilitation, and non-operative therapy. If you are looking to regain functionality in some part of your upper extremity, then hand therapy may be right for you. physiotherapy physiotherapist  kphyelowna okanagan health and performance

Occupational / Hand Therapy Treatments May Include:

  • Soft tissue procedures

  • Range of motion activities

  • Joint movement

  • Electrical stimulation

  • Nerve desensitization

  • Whirlpools

  • Iontophoresis

  • Occupational conditioning

  • Strength exercises

  • Scar management

  • Dexterity training

  • Pain management

  • Hot or cold packs

  • Taping

  • Custom orthotic creation

What to expect during your first visit?

Many people have never heard of hand therapy. Unlike physical therapy – which treats the feet, ankles, knees, hips, back, neck, and shoulders – hand therapy focuses specifically on the shoulder to the hand, and every joint and muscle in between. It can be a component of occupational therapy (OT) or physical therapy (PT), either helping individuals complete everyday tasks with their impairment or working on the impairment directly by improving mobility and lessening pain, respectively. Linda will work with you to determine the root cause of your issues, and provide custom bracing, soft tissue treatments, exercises, and recommendations to get you on the path to recovery.

OHP Kelowna Occupational / Hand Therapists

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Linda Smith