Improving Hand Strength With Hand Physical Therapy
Many physical therapy clinics offer hand physical therapy specifically designed to address hand pain problems. In addition, it helps individuals with forearm, wrist and arm problems. Physical therapists are trained to evaluate the condition of the patient using techniques such as balance and movement assessment, diagnostic imaging and ultrasound technology. They also guide patients through safely and effectively increasing range of motion, strengthening and stretching the muscles in the hand.
Swelling, heat, and pain resulting from injury, are often debilitating. Painful wrist and forearm movements may prevent individuals from performing daily tasks requiring fine motor movements. Pain can be treated by applying ice or a hand wrap, cold compressions or heating pads. Heat will help relieve pain while a wrap provides warmth and friction to the skin to reduce swelling. The goal of hand physical therapy is to reduce disability and improve function.
Rehabilitation refers to the development of strength, function and mobility after an accident or injury. Rehabilitation can be achieved by addressing physical therapy needs and the structure and muscles of the affected body part. Hand physical therapy rehabilitation is often used together with occupational therapists (physical therapists) or other forms of rehabilitation. Rehabilitation techniques can be used on their own or in conjunction with occupational therapists.
A physical therapist can specialize in one or more areas of physical therapy. Some specialize in rehabilitation of athletes and active adults. Orthopedic physical therapists focus on treating conditions of the skeletal system and disorders of the musculoskeletal system. Sports physical therapists are professionals who specialize in treating athletes’ injuries and preventing injuries.
Occupational therapists, on the other hand, focus on disorders and conditions of the nervous system and the central nervous system. They include people with neurological disorders, such as cerebral palsy and Parkinson’s disease. The goal of occupational therapists is to help patients improve their ability to perform daily tasks. Chiropractors, also known as holistic practitioners, focus on the manipulation of the spine and hand. These professionals are trained to locate joint issues and restore proper movement to alleviate pain and improve the quality of life of their patients.
Whether you need to regain strength after having surgery to correct a broken bone or injured finger, improve the function of your fingers or rehabilitate a wrist injury, you should consider trying an arthroscopic hand physical therapy treatment. This type of therapy involves removing a small piece of bone with screws and a metal anchor. After this procedure, you will experience increased strength in your muscles as well as the use of these same muscles in everyday activities.