Occupational therapy is designed to help improve the function of your upper extremity, specifically your elbow and hand. Many people sustain injuries to the elbow, hand, and wrist from work related or home related injuries. Many times, these injuries will require special bracing and intricate hand/finger work for patients to regain full function. Occupational therapy treatment will consist of bracing, manual therapy, stretching and strengthening.
- Bracing can be for non-operative as well as operative treatments. Custom bracing specifically made for your body part and injury will be determined by your doctor and made by an occupational therapist.
- This can be done at the time of your first appointment
- Manual treatment can consist of massage and soft tissue mobilization break down scar tissue and help improve mobility
- Stretching will help improve ROM and flexibility of the joint
- Strengthening will help improve function and strength of all joints and muscles in your fingers up to your elbow.
Your occupational therapist will help determine the plan of treatment and length of treatment with you during your initial visit.