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Hand, Wrist, Elbow and Shoulder Rehabilitation

Hand occupational therapists (OTs) specialize in rehabilitation of patients with injuries, surgeries or conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome, fractures and tendonitis. These may involve the hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder and hinder activities of daily living (ADLs) such as buttoning a shirt or opening a container.

Who is Hand, Wrist, Elbow and Shoulder Rehabilitation for?

Some of the common hand and elbow injuries treated at the Upper Extremity Center may include the following:

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What does Hand, Wrist, Elbow and Shoulder Rehabilitation involve?

Occupational therapists work ‘hand in hand’ with the orthopaedic and plastic surgeons to promote optimal outcomes for individuals with trauma, elective surgery, injury or pathology to the upper extremity. Services they may provide include:

How long will Hand, Wrist, Elbow and Shoulder Rehabilitation take?

The length of rehabilitation will vary depending on when hand therapy is initiated, the severity of symptoms or surgical limitation and the patient's goals for rehabilitation. Therapy services are coordinated with any ongoing medical treatment prescribed by your physician.

Why type of recovery/outcome can I expect from Hand, Wrist, Elbow and Shoulder Rehabilitation?

Potential expected outcomes include:

  • Decreased pain
  • Improved mobility
  • Improved strength
  • Improved sensation
  • Improved hand coordination
  • Return to occupational and/or recreational activities

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