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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. Our 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.
- We also 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:
- 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
- Sports-related injuries
- Amputations and reattachments
- Hand and arm challenges resulting from stroke
Hand therapists also treat patients who suffer from chronic problems that may affect hand function. These chronic problems may include autoimmune and neurologic disorders, chronic pain, diabetes, focal hand dystonia (musician’s cramp), anomalies present at birth and movement disorders related to psychological conditions.
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
- Compression therapy and edema management
- Desensitization, sensory re-education and sensory compensation techniques
- Electrical stimulation
- Therapeutic modalities for tissue and joint preconditioning to minimize pain and stiffness
- Functional assessment and modifications
- Joint protection and energy conservation training
- Behavioral management
- Techniques and suggestions for assistive devices
- Manual therapy
- 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
Find a Hand Therapist
Our board-certified hand therapists are versed in many techniques and treatment modalities and provide care to patients with a thoughtful and caring personalized approach.
Innovative Hand Therapy for Arm Transplant
In 2012, the surgical team at Johns Hopkins performed the first bilateral arm transplant on a young infantryman who lost all four limbs in a roadside bomb attack in Iraq. The surgery was followed by an innovative treatment to prevent rejection of the new limbs. Our certified hand therapists were part of the hand transplant team and worked closely with plastic surgeons to provide comprehensive care after the surgery and during the transition to an Army Hospital. We are proud of the extensive training in this advanced level of rehabilitation.
Our Hand Therapy Locations
Hand therapy is offered at multiple locations across the Johns Hopkins Rehabilitation Network, including our outpatient clinics. Each of our hand therapy locations uses the latest rehabilitation tools and practices patient-centered care to help you achieve the best outcomes.
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