Hand therapy, a specialty practice area of occupational therapy, is typically concerned with treating orthopaedic-based upper-extremity conditions to optimize the functional use of the hand and arm.
Conditions seen at The OT Clinic include fractures of the hand or arm, lacerations and amputations, burns, and surgical repairs of tendons and nerves. Acquired conditions such as tendonitis, rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, and carpal tunnel syndrome also are treated.
In occupational therapy, an added dimension is brought to this specialty area. The use of an occupation-based and client-centred approach that identifies the participation needs of the client—what he or she wants to be able to do in daily life that is fulfilling and meaningful—and emphasizes the performance of desired activities as the primary goal of therapy.
Patients are evaluated and a problem list established. Therapy can include: