Most people earn their livelihood by using their hands as a main tool of their profession. We use our hands for virtually everything, from driving to typing to performing everyday tasks in the home.
We may not even appreciate the benefit of fully functioning hands until one or both hands become injured. If you have an injured hand, you may require physical therapy that is specifically geared toward gaining back the strength and use of the hand.
Hand Therapy Is a Specialized Field
Due to the variety of injuries that can happen to a person’s hands, and thanks to all of the tiny muscles, bones, tendons, ligaments, joints, and nerves in and adjacent to the hands, there is advanced training available for physical therapists (PTs) who want to specialize in hand therapy.
A hand therapist knows how to get a patient with a hand injury back to using their hand to the best of their ability. The hand may be hurt mildly or severely, but the therapist will be able to help you regain some or all of the use of your hand.
What Does a Hand Therapist Do?
A physical therapist who specializes in hand therapy can re-teach manual use to clients who have had a traumatic brain injury (TBI) or a traumatic physical injury to the hand. Hand injures often occur when a person falls and breaks their fall with an outstretched hand. This can happen to people who are in highly physical professions, or to older adults who suffer mini-stroke, or TIA (transient ischemic attack).
The hand therapist will show the client how to perform basic tasks, like putting on a belt or tying a shoe. The patient may have to re-learn how to open doors, pick up objects, use tools, and type. The therapist will help the client regain as much usefulness and flexibility in the hand as possible.
For people who have lost a hand due to an illness or a work injury, they will need specialized hand therapy to adjust to life with one hand. If a person has received a hand transplant, a hand therapist will be especially beneficial in training the person’s brain to use and work with the new hand.
Hand Therapists in Austin, TX
If you have suffered an injury to your hand and need to re-learn how to manipulate your fingers and hand muscles, and you are in or around the area of Austin, Texas, contact our experienced medical team at Endeavor Physical Therapy & Wellness. We have hand therapists who are dedicated and credentialed as certified hand specialists (CHTs), and we are here to help get you back to using your hands again.
Whatever type of tasks or capabilities you must re-learn with your hands, we can help you recover as fully as possible from whatever type of hand injury you have suffered. Our physical therapists will help you get back to normal functioning as much as possible.
Contact our caring staff today by calling us at (512) 284-7192 or request an appointment online via our easy-to-use form, and let us give you a helping hand!