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Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Hand Therapy

Hand Therapy at the UC Davis Medical Center was established in July 1992 to evaluate and provide specialized services to patients with hand and upper extremity problems. Experienced certified hand therapists work closely with the referring physicians to provide quality care to our patients.  We provide comprehensive and specialized services for patients with various problems such as carpal tunnel syndrome, tendon injuries, peripheral nerve injuries, and fractures.

 

Patients who benefit from hand therapy

Hand Therapy offers a comprehensive rehabilitation service for patients who are disabled as a result of acute or chronic hand and upper extremity injuries, have auto-immune and genetic disorders, or are status post an elective surgery.  Some of the diagnoses treated include:

  • Arthritis
  • Arthroscopic surgery of wrist, elbow and shoulder
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome, cubital tunnel syndrome and radial tunnel syndrome
  • Crush injuries
  • Tendonitis/Tendonosis
  • Dupuytren's contracture
  • Flexor or extensor tendon repair
  • Fractures
  • MP and PIP arthroplasties
  • Peripheral nerve repair
  • Peripheral neuropathies
  • Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)
  • Replantations
  • Tendon transfers
  • Lateral and medial epicondylitis
  • Amputations

Services offered

Comprehensive services include:

  • Custom splinting and prefabricated splinting
  • Modalities (heat, ice, fluidotherapy, contrast baths, electrical stimulation)
  • Desensitization
  • Edema control
  • Therapeutic exercises
  • Pain control
  • Range of motion
  • Strengthening
  • Sensibility testing(Semmes-Weinstein and two-point discrimination)
  • Sensory discrimination
  • Work conditioning
  • Patient education regarding injury and anatomy, activity modification, assistive devices, and joint protection
  • Wound care
  • Scar management
  • Prosthetic training