Certified Hand Therapy

Certified Hand Therapy is the specialty practice of rehabilitation of the upper limb, including the hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder.  Our certified hand therapist uses the foundation of occupational therapy practice together with an extensive knowledge of the upper limb to assess, plan, and carry out treatment to restore function, prevent dysfunction, and reverse the progression of pathology with a large variety of upper limb disorders and conditions.  The practice of hand therapy allows the patient to perform tasks to participate fully in self-care, work, and leisure activities.

Occupational Therapy for Hand Injuries & Disorders

We do so much with our hands so often; we take them for granted, and never notice them – unless we have a hand injury or disorder. Occupational therapy can help individuals with hand injuries and musculoskeletal or neurological hand disorders:

• Improve joint motion
• Increase dexterity
• Help manage pain
• Control swelling and scar formation
• Aid healing through wound management
• Restore movement and sensitivity by reeducating muscles and nerves
• Correct and prevent deformities through the use of splints
• Provide training in using prosthetics and adaptive equipment
• Provide work conditioning

Physicians often prescribe the use of specially-made splints as part of a patient’s hand rehabilitation program. Occupational therapists are trained to properly size and create splints for a variety of needs. In addition, they can provide instruction to patients and caregivers in the proper use of prosthetics and adaptive equipment to replace lost function.

Certified Hand Therapist

Our Certified Hand Therapist, Carolyn McElhaney, has over 25 years of experience in hand therapy in the Pittsburgh area, having worked in both hospital and outpatient settings. In 2014 she earned her hand therapy certification from the Hand Therapy Certification Commission. Carolyn graduated in 1992 from College Misericordia with a BS degree in occupational therapy. She also holds an AS degree in occupational therapy from Mount Aloysius College. Use this link to learn more about Carolyn.

Contact ESSMC Today for Hand Therapy

If you’re looking for a hand therapist in the Pittsburgh area, contact us at the location nearest you. Call 412-856-8060 x 207.

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