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Problems of the Hand and Upper Extremity

People tend to take their hands for granted — until they give us trouble. Proper functioning of our hands, elbows, and shoulders is vital for almost anything we do, yet because there are so many moving parts, the interplay of these muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, and bones can be enormously complex. Because of this, treating many hand and upper extremity problems requires specialized knowledge.

Pain and loss of function in the hand and upper extremity may develop slowly, over a period of years, it may happen suddenly, due to trauma, or may come in the aftermath of surgery. Whatever the cause, proper diagnosis and swift treatment by a qualified therapist are imperative in order to regain maximum function. Some problems are simple but others are surprisingly difficult, and the safest course is not ignore pain or dysfunction until it becomes overwhelming.

At Bodies In Motion, our Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) has received national accreditation after completing lengthy training and rigorous testing, as well as having accumulated more than 5000 hours in direct practice of treatment for the hand, elbow and shoulder. In addition, she has more than 16 years clinical experience in physical therapy.

Lynn is certified for direct access, which means that patients can come to her without a doctor’s prescription. At the same time, she strongly believes in communication between the physical therapist and a patient’s physician, and that it’s important to be able to recognize when physical therapy is not an appropriate treatment modality.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics

Specialized hand and upper extremity therapy may be required for:

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Fracture
  • Tendon rupture
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Tendonopahty
  • Nerve injury

Treatment for the hand and upper extremity may include:

  • Exercise
  • Joint mobilization
  • Soft tissue mobilization
  • Splinting
  • Ultrasound
  • Electrical stimulation

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