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Hand Therapy Treatment Information
The purpose of Occupational Therapy is to help you return to your prior level of function following injury or surgery. Our hand therapists will provide therapuetic exercises and education for preventing further injury. Additionally, we will provide suggestions towards adapting your environment via workstation analysis or your home with equipment that would improve function. We will provide services for clients of any age with treatment based on their individual needs.
Patients needing hand therapy may benefit from the following:
Initial evaluation. You will be given various tests to measure range of motion, grip and pinch, and overall arm strength. Your therapist will then develop a plan of action for your therapy based on your individual needs and your personal daily activities. As an adult, daily activities could include your job duties or the need to take care of your home or family members. For children or teens, daily activities may include participating in play, school or sports.
Treatment. IU Health hand therapists and orthopedic surgeons work together to provide treatment addressing:
- Tendon, bone or nerve repairs
- Decreased strength
- Poor fine motor skills
- Splinting needs for positioning, protection or increasing movement
- Need for a home exercise program for continued progression
- Need for modalities to help reduce pain
- Need for adaptive equipment for improving function
Hand Therapy Support Services
Learn more about occupational therapy and hand therapy through the following resources:
A Sampling of Hand Therapy Support Services
The American Occupational Therapy Association
The website of this national professional association provides news and information about occupational therapy.
The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy
The website of this non-profit credentialing agency provides educational resources about occupational therapy.
Hand Therapy Certification Commission
The website of this organization provides consumer information about the practice of hand therapy.
Hand Therapy Rehabilitation Locations
LifeWorks – Michigan City
3777 N. Frontage Rd.
Michigan City, IN 46360
IU Health Saxony Hospital Adult Outpatient Services
13100 E. 136th Street, Suite 2100
Fishers, IN 46037
1203 Washington St.
La Porte, IN 46350
Sagamore – Sports Medicine
600 Legacy Plaza
LaPorte IN, 46350
IU Health Methodist Professional Center
1801 N. Senate Blvd., Suite 1438
Indianapolis, IN 46202
IU Health Methodist Medical Plaza South
8830 S. Meridian St.
Indianapolis, IN 46217