We are all Licensed OTs: Occupational Therapist. We specialize in providing treatments from the Shoulder to the Fingers.
Many Doctors/Surgeons and lay people will refer to Us as "Hand Therapists." Very often, we are called PTs: Physical Therapists. Historically OTs much more than PTs would focus much more on restoring the patient Hand/Arm Function by using a wide variety of "Therapeutic Activities," "not just exercise."
An example, if a person has a Stroke, Head injury, Spinal Cord injury, fractured Arm or Hand, or a trigger finger, or lacerated Tendon in the Thumb; you Need An Occupational Therapist: Hand/Arm Specialist to retrain your Hand/Arm and return your injured body part to a reasonable function.
OT's focus on Upper Body Rehabilitation and PTs more commonly treat the Legs, Back, Neck, Knees, and Feet.
In Our Outpatient Clinic ALL of Our OT Hand/Arm Therapists have specialized training.
We all utilized progressive treatment approaches for each and every patient and injury. We all provide highly skilled treatments including: Customized Home Exercise Programs for each patient: stretches, exercises, and strengthening.
Manual treatment techniques such as Soft Tissue Massage, Instrument/tool Massage, Joint Mobilization, and Taping. Custom Fabrication of Splint and Orthosis for the Elbow to the Hand. Ergonomics: joint protection, body mechanics, activity modifications, adaptive equipment training.
Modalities: Ultrasound treatments, Various Electric Stimulation machines, parafin wax, Iontophoresis.