Hand injuries rank in the top five of the most common musculoskeletal injuries treated by doctors. These injuries typically need rehabilitation with physical therapy to restore fine movement and strength. Cleopatra Espinosa, MS, DPT, Soujaniya Konada, DPT, and the expert team at Elite Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation, in Purchase, New York, help you recover from a wide range of hand injuries using active and passive modalities that promote healing and improve hand function. If you have hand pain or limited movement, call or schedule an appointment through online booking today.
Your hands are remarkable structures made up of 19 bones in each one, along with numerous ligaments, tendons, and nerves that work together to enable fine motor movement. Any of these structures can suffer a traumatic or overuse injury.
You also move your hands so often that they’re vulnerable to degenerative conditions and compressed nerves. The most common hand injuries include:
Some sports make you more susceptible to hand injuries. These injuries often have common names such as skier’s thumb, an injury to the ligament that stabilizes your thumb.
The different types of hand injuries cause symptoms such as:
If you have a severe fracture with displaced bones, that area of your finger or hand may look deformed.
The first line of treatment for a hand injury includes physical therapy. If you have an acute injury or complex fracture, you may need surgery first, followed by rehabilitation with physical therapy.
In the early stages of your recovery, the team at Elite Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation may begin with passive therapies such as ice, heat, ultrasound, massage, and electric stimulation. These modalities boost circulation, reduce inflammation and swelling, relieve your pain, and promote healing.
As inflammation goes down and your hand starts to heal, the next step includes active therapies designed to restore strength, movement, and function.
At this stage, Elite Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation creates a treatment plan that includes one of many possible stretching and strengthening exercises. You also receive sports-specific rehabilitation if you plan to return to athletics.
If you had an overuse injury, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, your physical therapist identifies any posture or ergonomics problems. Then they recommend changes you can make to prevent future overuse problems.
You also learn exercises to do at home to enhance healing and maintain your progress. exercises
If you need help with hand pain or rehabilitation after an injury or surgery, call Elite Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation, or schedule an appointment online today.