At Trinity Hand Specialists, we recognize that many patients benefit greatly from the utilization of area Certified Hand Therapists. To become certified, the therapist must have a minimum of 4 years work experience with 4000 hours or more of direct practice in hand therapy. They must also successfully complete a comprehensive test of advanced clinical skills and theory in upper extremity rehabilitation. Because of changes in the field, ongoing continuing education is vital to keep current on treatment techniques.
Trinity Hand Specialists has always included the expertise of a hand therapist for the care and assistance with rehabilitation for more difficult hand problems. Not all patients require hand rehabilitation following their treatment and/or surgery. However, for those who do, having the treating physician and therapist working together allows for optimal patient outcomes because of their close communications. Dr. Gorman has developed an excellent working relationship with a network of hand therapists throughout the region.
Particularly with hand and wrist care, custom splinting can sometimes make the difference between an average and an outstanding result. When necessary, our patients are able to have some custom splints and orthotics made in our office.
Conditions that may require intervention by a hand therapist include:
- Tendon injuries
- Nerve injuries
- Soft Tissue injuries
The trained therapist may:
- Fabricate custom splints
- Perform wound care as indicated
- Develop an individual therapeutic program to expedite the patient’s recovery
- Help control the patient’s pain
Work with the patient to make the transition back to their everyday lives as smooth as possible.