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Hand Therapy For de Quervain’s

If you are experiencing pain along the side of your thumb or if your thumb feels like it “sticks” from time to time, you may be interested to know about hand therapy for de Quervain’s tenosynovitis.

Long-term overuse of the fingers, hand or wrist can cause this. This condition is most likely caused by activities that require repetitive motions such as lifting a child, gardening, golfing, racket sports, carpentry, typing, or piano playing. It can also be caused by rheumatoid arthritis or injury where scar tissue has restricted tendon function.

All of this can have an impact on the tendons found on the side of your thumb and your wrist. When this happens, you may begin to experience symptoms such as pain, swelling, inflammation, and/or difficulty or pain when using your thumb and wrist or trying to grasp hold of or pinch something.

Catching this condition early can help allow hand therapy to be more effective and prevent it from getting worse. If this condition worsens, it can spread to your forearm. The worst case scenario, if left untreated, is that this can lead to permanent damage, or lead to the tendon sheath bursting. Treatment is important.

Hand Therapy For de Quervains Tenosynovitis

Your tendons have been overworked and need to rest as much as possible. Your hand therapist will have suggestions on how to use your thumb, wrist and hand in a way that does not aggravate the condition. He or she will want you to avoid movements that aggravate it. They will also encourage you to take breaks during repetitive motion, such as typing. The wrist may need to be splinted to keep the thumb and hand in a neutral position.

Hand therapy will focus on strengthening exercises. This can help to prevent the condition from getting worse, decrease inflammation, improve mobility of the thumb and prevent this condition from recurring.

If you have already had surgery for this condition, physical therapy can aid in your recovery. Whether it is recovery from surgery, or enlisting the help of hand therapy for de Quervain’s to avoid surgery, you will benefit from working with a hand therapist who can show you ways to treat the condition or prevent it from getting worse.

If you find yourself experiencing any of the symptoms of de Quervain’s listed above, contact the team at Contact Physical Therapy to find a course of therapy that is right for you.

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Is Hand Therapy Right for You?

At Contact Physical Therapy, we are happy to offer hand therapy to our patients. For those of you who didn’t know hand therapy was a thing you may be thinking… what are the reasons I would need to see a hand therapist? Well, we are here to break that down and tell you. If you have any questions wondering if hand therapy is right for you, feel free to give us a call, we would be happy to help!

 

Hand therapy is a type of rehabilitation performed by an occupational or physical therapist with patients that suffer from conditions affecting the hands and upper extremities. Patients who are candidates for hand therapy may have been in an accident or trauma leaving them with scars, burns, wounds, injured tendons, nerves, fractures, amputations of the fingers, hands, arms, etc. Other candidates may be ones who suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow and other chronic problems such as arthritis or stokes.

 

A hand therapy specialist can provide:

  • Accurate assessments, immediate care and effective treatment to reduce treatment time
  • Faster recovery results in decreased medical costs
  • A continuum of care eliminating the needs for multiple medical providers
  • Functional outcomes ensuring a faster return to work and productive lifestyle
  • Most comprehensive care for their patients

 

Still wondering if you should see a hand therapist for your pain? Below are common reasons hand therapy would be good for you.

 

  1. You have injured your fingers playing sports. Many times these types of injuries will get taped up and forgotten until weeks later when the fingers become problematic. When this is caught early, a hand therapist can often treat these injuries with minimal visits. If this sounds familiar with the sports star in your life, it may be time to give a hand therapist a call!
  2. Wrist Fractures. This common injury can be more complicated than you think. Hand therapists can work one on one with you and your injury to determine the best exercises and treatment for your specific wrist fracture.
  3. Elbow Fractures. Elbow fractures can be stubborn to treat and regaining range of motion can be lengthy. Seeing a hand therapist can lessen your treatment time and get you on a quicker path to recovery or sent to a specialist to better help you.
  4. Carpal tunnel syndrome. This can be in your hand or arm and you are feeling a tingling, severe pain, muscle weakness or numbness by a pinched nerve.
  5. Arthritis. Intermitted sharp pains, swelling, stiffness or decreased range of motion in any part of your upper extremities caused by infections, normal wear and tear and some diseases.

 

All these are reasons you should see a hand therapists, plus many more. If you think hand therapy may be right for you or if you have any questions, give us a call. We would be happy to answer any questions and get you scheduled with a hand therapist!