Elbow, Wrist, and Hand
The wrist and hand are the most active and intricate parts of the upper body, which make the hand especially vulnerable to injury. There are ten bones, seventeen joints, and thirty-nine muscles in each of our hands that allow a wide range of movement. Our hands also provide us with sensory information such as temperature, texture, depth, and the shape of objects. A wrist or hand injury can seriously diminish our ability to accomplish even the simplest of tasks.
Who is the program right for?
The Hand Therapy Program is right for anyone experiencing limited mobility, weakness, pain and discomfort, and difficulty performing activities at home or work. Some of the most common diagnoses we treat include
- Tendon injuries
- Nerve injuries
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Repetitive strain
- Postoperative hand
What kind of treatment will I have?
Our certified hand therapist and occupational therapist utilize a number of different modalities (ultrasound, electrical stimulation, paraffin, iontophoresis, fluidotherapy) to enhance the healing process. Manual therapy (manipulation and massage) and therapeutic exercise help to improve range of motion, flexibility, and strength. If necessary, our therapists fabricate simple to complex splints to support the hand and improve function.
What are the benefits?
- Reduction of pain and discomfort
- Improved ability to use hands, wrists, and arms at home, work, and during recreational activities
- Prevention of future problems
Where is the service provided?
Our hand specialists treat patients in state-of-the-art clinics at Island Health and Fitness, which is located at the corner of Route 96 and Route 89 in Ithaca's West End and at our Brentwood location, which is located at 10 Brentwood Drive, just off Warren Road, in Ithaca.
Does my insurance cover this?
Most insurance plans do cover physical therapy services. Check with your insurance company or the benefits manager at your place of employment to see if your policy covers physical therapy services and if a physician's referral is required.
How do I get started?
To schedule an appointment with one of our physical therapists, call our office at Island Health and Fitness (607) 252-3500 or Brentwood Drive (607) 274-4159.