An injury to the hand is a big deal to all of us, particularly if it happens to be your dominant hand. We do not realize how much we use our hands until we have hand pain. Knowing the cause of your hand pain will help your Physical Therapist develop a plan of care in clinic for your specific diagnosis, symptoms, limitations and injury. The focus is to manage your pain while increasing your mobility, strength and function to be able to return to your normal activity level. Please understand that you can seek physical therapy through direct access (without a doctor’s prescription).
Your physical therapist will develop a plan of care that might have a session that includes the following:
- Paraffin bath for the hand to warm the joints up in preparation for ROM and strengthening exercises.
- Gripping and pinching exercises using theraputty, digiflex, therabar etc. to increase strength
- Wrist/forearm stretches to increase tissue extensibility of the wrist flexors and extensor tendons
- Wrist and hand strengthening exercises using weights or theraband
- Soft tissue and joint mobilization to increase ROM and restore normal motion of the small bones/joints in the hand/wrist/thumb.
- Electrical stimulation with an ice pack or vasopneumatic device (ice with compression) to decrease pain and inflammation.
**Surgical patients may be restricted by their physician as to how we are able to progress them based on any physician protocols or healing fractures/tendons.
If you are experiencing any kind of neck or back pain or have been diagnosed with biceps tendinitis, contact us for a free consultation. To request an appointment, click here, or call directly to one of our three locations during regular business hours:
Cool Springs: 615-224-9810
Spring Hill: 931-489-2022
Disclaimer: The information in this blog is intended to be informational only, and is not intended to be used in lieu of medical care. Consult a doctor or a physical therapist before attempting treatment on your own.