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Upper Extremity and Hand Therapy

METRO SPORTSMED® Outpatient Upper Extremity and Hand Therapy Program is staffed with licensed Occupational Therapists. Our program aims to restore the highest level of function for patients with impairments of the elbow, forearm, wrist and hand. Our Occupational Therapists use a client-centered evaluation to identify the deficits and patient strengths in order to facilitate the ability to perform self-care, home management, work duties and leisure activities. A home exercise program will be individually developed for patients to continue their recovery and become independent with their treatment. Diagnoses which are treated include:

  • Orthopedic conditions and injuries (i.e. fractures, arthritis)
  • Tendon lacerations, repairs and other soft tissue injuries (i.e. tendonitis, tendinosis and tenosynovitis)
  • Ligament injuries, ruptures and repairs
  • Nerve conditions and injuries: (i.e. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, nerve repairs and nerve palsies)
  • Soft tissue conditions and injuries (i.e. Trigger Finger, Tennis Elbow, Golfer’s Elbow, Radial Tunnel Syndrome and Dupuytren’s Disease)
  • Neurological Disorders (i.e. Stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease and neuro-spastic disorders)
  • Traumatic hand injuries (i.e. TFCC injuries, amputations and crush injuries)
  • Post-surgical conditions (i.e. arthroscopic procedures, joint fusions, grafts and ganglion cyst removals)

Interventions are designed to meet individual client needs and may include the following as part of a comprehensive plan of care:

  • Custom static and dynamic splint fabrication and training
  • Skilled manual therapy, soft tissue integrity and joint mobilization
  • Range of motion exercises
  • Strengthening exercises
  • Fine motor coordination activities
  • Therapeutic activities
  • Pain management
  • Wound care and scar management
  • Physical agent modalities (i.e. laser light therapy, ultrasound, paraffin, electrical stimulation, hot/cold packs and fluido-therapy)
  • Neuromuscular and neurodevelopment re-education
  • Joint protection and energy conservation
  • Adaptive devices
  • ADL re-training