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Hand Therapy

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

A hand therapist working with a patient on specialized equipment
  • 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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Patient Resource Center
The Patient Resource Center provides assistance between appointments with your physician. For assistance between therapy appointments, please contact the clinic location.
Phone:  410-614-4030 | Fax: 410-614-4033

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

Our Therapists

  • Princess Filippi | Clinical Specialist, Occupational Therapist

    Certifications: Board-Certified Hand Therapist
    Expertise: amputee and prosthetics training, hand therapy, orthopedics - upper extremity, orthotic fabrication
    Location: Baltimore
    portrait of Princess Filippi
  • Judy Garcia de Cubias | Occupational Therapist

    Certifications: Physical Agent Modalities (CPAM)
    Expertise: hand therapy, orthopedics - upper extremity, orthosis fabrication
    Location: Odenton
    portrait of Judy Garcia de Cubias
  • Kathleen Jefferies | Occupational Therapist

    Certifications: Board-Certified Hand Therapist, Certified Lymphedema Therapist
    Expertise: hand therapy, lymphedema, orthopedics - upper extremity, orthosis fabrication
    Locations: Lutherville and White Marsh
    portrait of Kathleen Jefferies
  • Phyllis Kramer | Occupational Therapist

    Certifications: Board-Certified Hand Therapist
    Expertise: hand therapy, orthopedics - upper extremity, orthotic fabrication
    Location: Odenton
    portrait of Phyllis Kramer
  • Dawn Kutcher | Occupational Therapist

    Certifications: Board-Certified Hand Therapist, Certified Lymphedema Therapist
    Expertise: breast cancer, hand therapy, lymphedema, orthopedics - upper extremity, orthotic fabrication
    Location: White Marsh
    portrait of Dawn Kutcher
  • Jennifer Nicholas | Team Coordinator, Occupational Therapist

    Certifications: Board-Certified Hand Therapist, Certified Lymphedema Therapist
    Expertise: breast cancer, hand therapy, lymphedema, oncology, orthopedics, orthopedics - upper extremity, orthotic fabrication
    Location: Lutherville
    portrait of Jennifer Nicholas
  • Kaitlin O'Sullivan | Occupational Therapist

    Certifications: Board-Certified Hand Therapist
    Expertise: hand therapy, neurologic rehabilitation, orthopedics - upper extremity, orthotic fabrication
    Location: Baltimore
    portrait of Kaitlin O'Sullivan
  • Blakeney Patterson | Occupational Therapist

    Certifications: Certified in Saebo's Functional Dynamic Orthoses
    Expertise: ataxia, hand therapy, neurologic rehabilitation
    Location: Baltimore
    portrait of Blakeney Patterson
  • Joseph Reagan | Occupational Therapist

    Certifications: Board-Certified Hand Therapist
    Expertise: hand therapy, orthopedics - upper extremity, orthotic fabrication
    Location: Lutherville
    portrait of Joseph Reagan
  • Elise Rochford | Occupational Therapist

    Expertise: hand therapy, orthopedics - upper extremity, orthosis fabrication
    Location: Columbia
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  • Maria Rothenheber | Occupational Therapist

    Expertise: hand therapy, orthopedics - upper extremity, orthotic fabrication
    Location: Baltimore
    portrait of Maria Rothenheber
  • Ryerson Stinson | Occupational Therapist

    Certifications: Board-Certified Hand Therapist; Titleist Performance Institute Medical 2 Certified
    Expertise: hand therapy, orthopedics - upper extremity, orthotic fabrication, sports rehabilitation
    Location: Columbia
    portrait of Ryerson Stinson
  • Jyo Supnekar | Clinical Specialist, JHH Hand Therapy Fellowship Director

    Certifications: Board-Certified Hand Therapist, Certified Lymphedema Therapist, Certified Neuro-developmental Treatment for stroke
    Expertise: breast cancer, hand therapy, lymphedema, neurologic rehabilitation, oncology, orthopedics - upper extremity, orthotic fabrication
    Location: White Marsh
    portrait of Jyo Supnekar

Find a Therapist at Other Locations

The Johns Hopkins Rehabilitation Network offer multiple convenient locations, all of which use the latest rehabilitation tools and practice patient-centered care to help you achieve the best outcomes.

 
Princess Filippi, OT

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:

A hand therapist working with a patient
  • 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
 
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