WHAT WE TREAT – Hand & Wrist
Hand and wrist injuries or pain are very common with recreational activities and even just normal daily tasks. Injuries and pain can range from minor sprains or strains to severe injuries such as fracture to even repetitive tasks over time. Pain can be noted from the ligaments, muscles, joints or even from joints unrelated to the area such as the shoulder or neck. Overuse injuries (Repetitive stress/strain syndrome) are very common amongst anyone who uses their hands constantly at work, such as computer users, wait staff, carpenters and hair stylists.
Hand & Wrist Therapy: How It Works
Since most of the injuries to the hand and wrist are due to repetitive actions, the first thing our therapists will do is try to identify the cause or reason for the dysfunction. This allows our therapists to treat the causes while decreasing pain, and restoring your function. It also allows us to make suggestions to you regarding changes or modifications that can be made to your daily activities, such as modifying your workstation or wearing wrist supports at night or at work.
Our physical therapists at Manalapan Spine & Physical Therapy Center will always start by asking you questions designed to help figure out the scope of the problem, everything from your lifestyle to medical history. If your hand or wrist pain was caused by major trauma or disease, your physical therapist will consult with your doctor.
Hand & Wrist Therapy: Your Personalized Plan
Our next step is to create a treatment plan to help relieve your hand & wrist pain. In addition to giving you exercises to improve your flexibility, strength, and stability, other options include:
- Application of ice or heat
- Electrical stimulation of muscle groups
- Ultrasound and cold laser therapy
- Massage therapy and myofascial release
- Traction and joint mobilization to the hand and wrist
Most physical therapy sessions last about an hour, although the time can vary. The total number of sessions will depend on the particular circumstances of your hand & wrist pain. Some patients need only a few sessions, while others may require months of therapy.
Shoulder Therapy: Education and Exercise
Many times conservative care through physical therapy can prevent surgery especially for carpal tunnel syndrome. At Manalapan Spine & Physical Therapy Center, the latest and best evidence-based techniques and treatments are utilized to restore flexibility, joint mobility, strength, and balance-getting you effectively and efficiently back to function.
Following the right course of physical therapy should not only enable you to feel better faster, but also stay pain-free following your recovery. Call Manalapan Spine & Physical Therapy Center today if you experience any of the following conditions:
- DeQuervain’s Tenosynovitis
- Ganglion Cyst
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Sprain / Strain
- Trigger Finger