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Hand Osteoarthritis Hand Therapy
“Working with a knowledgeable hand therapist can make the difference between success and failure in complex hand surgical cases. The therapist extends the continuum of our care, as well as functioning as coach and trainer for our patients.”
Marybeth Ezaki, MD, Past President, American Society for Surgery of the Hand
In Phoenix Rehab, our senior hand therapists are experienced licensed and dedicated therapists (physiotherapists and/or occupational therapists) who specialized ONLY in the rehabilitation, treatment and management of painful fingers, hands, wrists, forearm & elbow conditions, because of interest, passion and expertise.
We have many joints in our human hands.
These joints in the hand are formed where two or more bones meet. In between the joints, we have a cushion called cartilage. Arthritis occurs when the cartilage between bones becomes thin or worn out.
Unfortunately this allows the bones to touch and not move smoothly against one another, and when they meet, they may grind against each other and this is an unpleasant experience.
Arthritis in the hand may lead to
first of all, What causes osteoarthritis in the hand?
Osteoarthritis is caused by overuse, an injury to a joint or “wear and tear” on a joint. This may be present in all joints of the hand or only a few. Other factors that may contribute to osteoarthritis in the hand are
- gender and
- family history
What are the symptoms of osteoarthritis in the hand?
Stiffness, pain and weakness are some of the symptoms of osteoarthritis in the hand.
Joints in the hand may also
- have a deep ache
- be tender or warm to the touch
- develop swelling or
- have a change in appearance, such as a bump (usually termed as nodes)
Osteoarthritis in the hand may make it difficult to perform activities, such as
- holding fine or small objects
Bumps on the fingers that may develop due to osteoarthritis
What is the treatment for osteoarthritis in the hand?
Osteoarthritis in the hand will be diagnosed by a doctor.
Often an X-ray is taken to determine if there are changes to the joint surfaces. The same doctor may prescribe anti-inflammatory medicine to help ease the discomfort.
Often they will also make a referral to our senior hand therapist for us to help to manage osteoarthritis in the hands. If pain and stiffness continue to be a problem, the doctor may recommend surgery.
What can a hand therapist do for me?
Our senior hand therapists are a great resource in the treatment of hand osteoarthritis.
The main goal in hand therapy is to
Our senior hand therapists may suggest using heat to decrease joint stiffness and pain. We may custom-make a hand splint for you to provide rest and proper positioning to painful joints.
Also, we will provide instruction in the use of adaptive equipment and also provide a specialized home program to
- protect the joints
- decrease joint stiffness and
- improve the ability to use your hand
Example of a resting orthosis for osteoarthritis in the index finger
Patients may also receive the following hand therapy treatment modalities:
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Phoenix Rehab physio Services
Phoenix Rehab Group works with specialist
physiotherapists and rehab therapists who are highly
trained, qualified, experienced and passionate to provide high level of
expert care to our patients.
PHYSIOTHERAPY & PHYSICAL THERAPY
HAND THERAPY & SPLINTING
Patients who sustained injuries to their elbows, forearms, hands, wrists
(sprains and fractures) and fingers, and requires Hand Therapy to increase the function of their hand
following injuries or post-operations as well as custom made hand splints.
Commonly treated hand pain injuries includes
CLINICAL PILATES & WELLNESS PILATES
Clinical Pilates is a form of physical exercise that focuses on posture, core stability, balance, control, strength, flexibility and breathing.
It is a system of safe and effective exercises, which
meet specific individual needs, to treat a wide range of injuries
You may do Pilates as matwork or with the reformer or both, and every session will be customized 100% to your fitness, injury and tolerance.
TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE (TCM)
DEEP TISSUE RELEASE & SPORTS MASSAGE THERAPY
Sports and deep tissue release massage helps to increase nutrient-rich blood
flow to tired, tight and tense muscles to
- accelerate recovery and
- shorten downtime / recovery period required
It also prevents
muscles from scar tissue micro-tears (and potential ruptures), and increases muscle
Done regularly, it will keeps your muscles healthy and fit with body/movement-confidence. Read the benefits of regular deep tissue release therapy here.
All our allied health therapists and TCM physicians are fully insured and registered with Allied Health Professions Council (AHPC) and Traditional Chinese Medicine Board (TCMB).
See our entire team here with introductions and their specializations.
At the first session, our specialist physiotherapists will carry out a thorough
assessment, helping them to select the most appropriate treatment to
help you recover as well as provide treatment in the same session.
Follow up sessions are inline to provide
expert treatment for your pain as well as prescribing specific
exercises to reduce your risk of re-injury and giving you a long term
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