When a person experiences a tendon injury in the
hand that affects the ability to flex or extend the hand properly
and in a safe way, he or she likely will have a difficult time
completing everyday tasks, such as bathing, dressing, grooming,
eating, using the bathroom, and attending to chores at home and at
work. Every person's injury is different and the rate of recovery
depends on the severity of the injury.
Occupational therapists who specialize in hand
therapy can provide rehabilitation intervention that enables the
hand to function well and prevent further injury.
What can an occupational therapist
- Evaluate the client's injury following care by
an orthopedist to coordinate treatment plans and determine the
course of intervention.
- Analyze the client's environment at home and
work to identify potential barriers to the client's
- Fabricate a protective splint for the injured
part of the hand and teach the client how to manage daily
activities while wearing the splint.
- Recommend a home exercise program that will
facilitate healing and optimum use of the hand.
- Apply techniques to reduce swelling, prevent
further injury, care for wounds, and improve movement.
- Show the client how to complete activities
safely and independently while the hand is being
- Incorporate the client's goals and desires
into the treatment plan.