St. Joseph Hospital of Orange
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Rehabilitation

Occupational Therapy / Hand Therapy

Our certified Occupational Therapists provide evaluations and treatments to meet the needs and functional goals of our patients. Treatments may include modalities for pain control, exercises to increase flexibility and strength, fabrication of custom braces and splints, as well as education to prevent further injury.

Hand Therapy

A Hand Therapist is an Occupational Therapist or Physical Therapist who specializes in rehabilitation of the hands and upper extremity. Through advanced study, continuing education and advanced certification he or she will use the CHT designation after the designations OTR (Registered Occupational Therapist), or RPT (Registered Physical Therapist).

Hand Therapists work with patients who have had orthopedic and/or neurological injuries or conditions that affect their ability to take care of themselves, be a productive member of a family or society, return to regular job duties and resume vocational interests.

Hand Therapists treat patients who have had surgery, or trauma to their hand and upper extremity causing damage to nerves, tendons and ligaments; fractures; wounds and infections; amputations; scarring; burns; swelling; stiffness, and changes in sensation.

Patients who have conditions such as arthritis, congenital anomalies and amputations where prosthetics training is required may also see a hand therapist.

Many patients who are affected by cumulative traumas such as tennis elbow, trigger finger and carpal tunnel seek hand therapy for workstation modifications, preventative programs, pain management, splinting, conditioning and stretching programs and education regarding ways to simplify their work, conserve energy and protect their joints, tendons and nerves.

A patient seeking hand therapy will require a prescription from his or her physician. For further information regarding hand therapy you may want to visit the American Society of Hand Therapists website.

Hours
Occupational Therapy: Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Hand Rehabilitation: Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Please call to verify hours as they are subject to change .