Hands are a very important part of everyday life. They are vital for work, and everyday living from typing, eating, brushing teeth or even turning a screwdriver. When your hands are not able to function properly a specialized approach is needed to return a patient to the highest level of hand function possible.
What is a hand therapist?
A hand therapist is an occupational or physical therapist that specializes in treating patients that have conditions affecting their hands and upper extremity. A patient that needs hand therapy can start working with a therapist within days of the injury or surgery.
Here are a few of the many conditions treated by a hand therapist:
- Crush injuries
- Mallet finger
- Sprains and strains
- Post surgery
- Trigger finger
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Sports injuries
Custom Hand, Wrist, and Finger Splints
Work with an occupational hand therapist to have a splint custom created to meet your medical needs. Injuries that many require the use of a hand splint include bone fractures, strained ligaments, arthritis, burns, torn muscles, sprains, and even hand surgery. Custom splints can help to immobilize injuries to help speed up patient recovery. Custom splints are easily modifiable, as the patient needs change.
Splints can be made for a patient’s hand, wrist, finger, or all three areas together. Splints are also known as orthosis.
Here are some common reasons that patients get custom splints for:
- Pain reduction
- Increase or maintain a range of motion
- Correct or help prevent deformities
- Improve functional use of the arm or hand
- Promote healing
Advantages of Custom Splints
An off the shelf splint is usually only available is sizes small, medium, and large. This only offers the patients using the splint limited adjustment options. A custom splint is made as an exact fit to the patient’s arm. The better fit of the splint creates better results and outcomes for the patient using the splint. Custom splints are also easier to clean.
Are you suffering from hand pain?
If you have an injury or pain in your fingers, hand, wrist, or arm make an appointment with a hand therapist today!