Hand therapy helps patients with a variety of disorders and injuries of the hand, arm, wrist and fingers return to work and a more active lifestyle. Johns Hopkins hand therapists can help with conditions ranging from simple fingertip injuries, to hand, arm and finger transplants and reattachments.
Hand Therapy: Why Choose Johns Hopkins
- Our hand therapy team consists of board-certified hand therapists and experienced occupational therapists.
- We work closely with other specialists, including orthopedic hand surgeons, sports medicine experts and rehabilitation physicians.
- Our areas of expertise include rehabilitation after a surgery, therapeutic treatments, preventive care and functional assessments.
- Many of our hand therapists have worked with the most complicated cases, including hand transplants.
- Our pediatric experts and The Johns Hopkins Hospital provide hand therapy to children with a variety of orthopedic and neurological conditions.
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Who Can Benefit from Hand Therapy
Our hand therapists help patients who have experienced the following conditions or trauma of the arm, hand or fingers. We also treat patients who suffer from chronic problems that may affect hand function, such as autoimmune and neurologic disorders, chronic pain, diabetes, focal hand dystonia (musician’s cramp), anomalies present at birth and movement disorders related to psychological conditions.
- Crush injuries and other hand trauma
- Tendon and/or ligament tears and other tendon injuries
- Peripheral nerve disorders and other neurological conditions
- Fractures and dislocations
- Arthritis or tendonitis
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Dupuytren's contracture
I always try to make sure my patients leave with a smile. We see each patient over the course of eight weeks, on average, so relationship building is a very important part of what we do.
- Princess Filippi, certified hand specialist and occupational therapist
Our Hand Therapy Treatments
Our hand therapists have a variety of tools and techniques at their disposal. Depending on your condition and goals, we may recommend one or several of the following treatments to improve the function of your arm or hand:
- Activity plans designed to increase motion, dexterity and strength, including exercises you can practice at home
- Daily living skills, including a work simulator to practice real-life hand tasks
- Compression therapy and edema management
- Desensitization, sensory re-education and sensory compensation techniques
- Electrical stimulation, such as iontophoresis
- Therapeutic modalities for tissue and joint preconditioning and mobilization to minimize pain and stiffness
- Functional and ergonomic assessments and modifications
- Joint protection and energy conservation training
- Behavioral management
- Techniques and suggestions for assistive devices
- Manual therapy and massage techniques
- Splints and custom-made orthotics to help protect your hand after a surgery, immobilize it, correct an injury or deformity, etc.
- Pain management
- Patient and family education
- Training for using prosthetics
- Scar tissue management
- Heat and cold treatments
- Wound care
- Sports taping