What is Hand Therapy and what does a Hand Therapist provide?
Hand therapy is the art and science of rehabilitating the upper extremity, from shoulder to finger. New York Hand & Physical Therapy’s hand therapist, Patrick Clough, uses specialized skills in assessment and treatment gained through extra training and experience to work with clients to prevent injury or impairment, restore functional activity, and enhance participation in daily life. Patrick is a Board Certified Hand Therapist, and he works closely with physician and patient to provide a continuum of care which often starts within days of the injury or surgery until the patient’s return to work and/or a productive lifestyle.
Patrick provides the following rehabilitation and treatment:
- Postoperative Rehabilitation
- Management of open or sutured wounds (prevention of infection and assistance in healing)
- Control of hypertrophic (raised and/or swollen) or hypersensitive scars
- Reduction of swelling
- Preventative, Non-operative, or Conservative Treatment
- Management of acute or chronic pain
- Desensitization following nerve injury or trauma
- Sensory re-education after nerve injury
- Design and implementation of exercise programs to increase motion, dexterity and/or strength
- Splint fabrication for prevention or corrections of injury
- Training in the performance of daily life skills through adapted methods and equipment
- Conditioning prior to returning to work Preventative, Non-operative, or Conservative Treatment