Hand Therapy Program
Therapists provide complete hand/upper extremity evaluations and treatment including:
- Comprehensive wound care.
- Desensitization/sensory reeducation.
- Energy conservation techniques.
- Joint mobilization.
- Prosthetic training.
- Scar management.
- Static and dynamic splinting.
The goal of the program is to provide the tools for the individual to achieve independence in the home and work activities. Returning the patient to his/her maximal level of function and independence is our primary focus. We provide a goal oriented positive approach, close communication with all parties and thorough follow-through in each case.
Return to a Productive Lifestyle
The Hand Therapy Team enables individuals to return to a productive lifestyle.
The Hand Therapy program staff consists of Certified Hand Therapists, Occupational and Physical Therapists working as a team to provide the following benefits:
- Rapid return to prior level of function in ADL (activities of daily living) or work duties.
- Enhanced functional outcomes.
- Promotion of patient independence in injury management.
This progressive team is dedicated to continuing education. A majority of the staff are members of the American Society of Hand Therapists. Each therapist completes an intensive Hand Therapy Specialty Competency Program prior to joining the team. These competencies are constantly monitored and updated annually to ensure our therapists remain at the top of the hand therapy field.
Southcoast therapists have traveled across the country to attend some of the nation's most informative seminars and conferences, including:
- American Society of Hand Therapists Meeting, Toronto.
- Surgery and Rehabilitation of the Hand Conference, Philadelphia.
- Hands-On Tendon Trauma Conference, Las Vegas.
Each therapist also keeps in close contact with area orthopedic, plastic, and hand surgeons. Many therapists spend time in the physician's offices and/or mentor with physicians in the Southcoast and Boston areas to continually improve their skills. This close communication with physicians enhances the functional outcomes of surgical and non-surgical diagnoses including:
- Burn management.
- Carpal tunnel release.
- Cumulative trauma.
- Dupuytren's disease/release.
- Nerve palsies/injuries/repairs.
- ORIF forearm/wrist/digits.
- RSD (repetitive stress disorders).
- Tendon and ligament injuries/repairs.
- Wound management.
The Hand Therapy program is offered at the following locations:
Brain & Spine Center
480 Hawthorne Street
Dartmouth, MA 02747
Durfee Union Mill Complex
283 Pleasant Street
Fall River, MA 02720
Truesdale Outpatient Rehab
263 Stanley Street
Fall River, MA 02720
Links & Resources
The following links are provided as a resource to patients, staff and the community. Inclusion on this list does not indicate an endorsement from Southcoast.
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American Society for Surgery of the Hand
American Society of Hand Therapists | ASHT's site for publications
Arthritis Foundation | Includes an "ask a question about arthritis" option.
British Columbia Professional Firefighters Burn Fund | Information on burn treatment, therapeutic management, and links to other related web sites. Includes information on burn support groups.
CTD News | Practical information about cumulative trauma disorders. Includes standards, guidelines, conferences and seminars.
Disease Classifications in Hand Surgery | Descriptions/classifications of congenital hand deformities
E-Hand.com | Dr. Eaton's page describing many areas of hand therapy and surgery.
Ergoweb | Ergonomics web site.
Exploring Hand Therapy | Includes many links. Also, "how to find a hand therapist" search engine.
Flexor Tendon Grafting | Excellent site explaining the two-stage tendon repair with Hunter Rods. Good site for both therapist and patient. Includes interactive pictures.
Hand Assessment | Provides very detailed descriptions of hand assessment and evaluation. Includes ROM and strength norms. Also describes functional impairment of the hand.
Hand Bones | Pictures with labels of hand bone anatomy.
Hand Burns | Pictures and descriptions of hand burns. Includes treatment considerations.
Hand Injuries in Rock Climbing | Detailed site explaining hand injuries related to rock climbing.
Hand University | Many links for common conditions of the hand, elbow, and wrist.
Hand & Wrist from Orthopaedic Web Links | Patient's guide for UE disorders. Includes list of links rated for reputability.
Nerve Grafting | Excellent site for patients describing nerve grafting. Includes interactive pictures.
NorthCoast Medical/Promedics Functional Solutions | Northcoast's site for catalogs. Includes "Functional Solutions" catalog info.
Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy from Orthopaedic Web Links | Links for patients describing RSD. Each link rated for reputability.
Surgery Information Sheets | Dr. Belcher home page with directory for major hand diagnosis with patient education sheets.
Tendon Laceration | A surgeon's page describing flexor tendon repair surgery and rehab. Good for patients.
Trigger Finger | Excellent site for patient and therapist describing trigger finger. Includes excellent pictures showing actual triggering. Also describes conservative management/steroid injection, and surgery/rehab.
Ulnar Nerve Release | Great site for patients giving overview of ulnar nerve transposition/release.
Versalius | Many color pictures of Ulnar Nerve Transposition procedures. Requires you to create user name and password to enlarge pictures. Registration is free.
World Wide Wounds | Features wound care journal devoted to wound management, care, and dressings.
Wrist Arthritis | Patient guide to partial wrist "salvage procedures."
Wrist Ligament Injuries | Gives overview of wrist instability. Includes radiographs.
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