• HAND THERAPY

HAND & WRIST REHABILITATION THERAPY CLINIC | Forcemedic

WHAT IS HAND AND WRIST THERAPY?

Hands and wrists are complex joint structures made up of many different bones, tendons, muscles, nerves, veins, ligaments and connective tissues that enable a patient to perform movements, have dexterity and strength required for work and daily tasks. We often take the ability of our hands for granted, unless they are limited by pain or injury.

Because of their constant and continuous use, hand and wrists are frequently injured. Any direct trauma and laceration of the hand can result in serious consequences if one or more tissues are damaged. An injury will, therefore, affect the ability to perform even the simplest tasks. Fort that reason, ensuring appropriate diagnosis, assessment and rehabilitation for injuries to hands and wrists is essential to preventing long-term adverse effects and possible disability.

 

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Hand therapy is a type of rehabilitation performed by an occupational therapist whose goal is to reduce or restore all functional disabilities. Due to our specific expertise in assessments and treatments, our highly trained and qualified team of therapists in this area provide therapeutic treatments to restore function, limit the progression of a condition and prevent upper extremities dysfunction so that patients can better perform their daily tasks at home, at work as well as resume their recreational activities.

Sprains and strains, as well as fractures and tendinopathy, are the most common types of injuries affecting the hand and wrist. Sprains and fractures are very frequent because of our natural tendency to use our hands to protect ourselves when we fall, slip or loose our balance. Overuse and repetitive movements have been linked to a variety of wrist injuries, the most common being carpal tunnel syndrome.

A proper hand and wrist assessment is needed before choosing a treatment option. At Forcemedic, our occupational therapists assess deformities, swelling, color differences, sensory symptoms, and changes in overall functions (movement, strength, dexterity, etc.), which are very important in determining the scope, limitations and severity of an injury.

WHO IS THIS SERVICE FOR?

Hand rehabilitation is for people who experience pain and have a difficult time performing tasks at work or at home. The preoperative or postoperative conditions of the hand and wrist treated by our team are:

  • Amputation
  • Osteoarthritis and arthritis
  • Sprains and trauma
  • Fractures
  • Hypo or hypersensitivity
  • Nerves, tendons, skin, muscles or ligaments laceration, lesion or tear
  • Wounds
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Tendonitis
  • Other

TREATMENTS AT FORCEMEDIC

  • Education and treatment for healing scars related to hand injuries
  • Education about patient’s condition
  • Orthotics manufacturing
  • Pain Management
  • Rehabilitation using imagery
  • Sensory rehabilitation and desensitization
  • Edema and muscle massage
  • Advice for adapting to tasks or environment
  • Exercises to increase range of motion and improve hand and upper limb strength

ORTHOTICS MANUFACTURING

Orthotics manufacturing requires occupational therapists to demonstrate dexterity and creativity, and to apply the knowledge they have acquired in a number of areas (e.g. anatomy, biomechanics, diagnostics and the healing process). Occupational therapists use their analysis skills to determine what type of orthosis to manufacture, its function and the materials required in order to optimize the useful life and comfort of the orthosis. These three criteria are to be considered when making an orthosis.

PRIMARY FUNCTIONS OF ORTHOTICS

One of the functions of an orthosis is to protect, through immobilization, in cases of carpal tunnel syndrome, fracture, pain injury or stress so as not to interfere with the healing process. Orthotics are also used to correct a deformity (e.g. rheumatoid arthritis, Dupuytren’s fracture) or support weak, paralyzed or spastic muscles in order to improve joint mobility. Depending on a patient’s goal or condition, an orthosis can be worn on a short- or long-term basis, or occasionally for a specific activity.

HOW TO GET ACCESS TO THIS SERVICE?

To satisfy private, CSST or SAAQ insurance requirements, you need an occupational therapy reference, including a diagnosis from your doctor or plastic surgeon.

For orthotics, you also need a reference from your doctor or plastic surgeon.

CONTACT US

Given the complexity of hand and wrist structures, assessment and treatment may vary depending on the injury severity. We invite you to contact us for more information on hand therapy, as well as on our related services at the Multidisciplinary Clinic. To find the nearest location or to make an appointment with one of our therapists, do not hesitate to contact our call center at 514-225-9520.

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Our new online appointment system allows you to contact us 24 hours a day and submit your schedule and location preferences, significantly reducing waiting time. As soon as you are registered online, our call center will contact you shortly to schedule an appointment according to your availability.