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Hand Therapy Services

Diablo West PT Hand Therapy Services

Evaluating and Treating Clients with Hand Injuries, Disease, or Dysfunction

Diablo West PT is dedicated to improving the quality of life of our clients. We provide evaluation and physical therapy treatment for clients with hand and upper extremity injuries, disease, or dysfunction. Our hand therapists can help reduce pain and inflammation, increase mobility in your joints, improve function, and more so you can return to daily life activities as soon as possible.
As you’re likely experiencing, hand and wrist pain can negatively affect your quality of life. Chronic hand pain can be debilitating due to its impact on your ability to work, play sports, or use your hands for day-to-day tasks.

Our Hand Therapists Can Help With

  • A thorough assessment of your condition
  • Reducing pain and inflammation
  • Increasing mobility of joints
  • Fabricating custom orthoses after your injury to protect healing structures, improve function, and prevent deformity
  • Increasing strength, flexibility, and endurance
  • Prevention and correction of joint contractures and stiffness
  • Joint protection techniques and worksite/ergonomic assessments
  • Educating you about hand injuries and their prevention
  • Helping you to return to activities, work, and sport

Conditions Diablo West PT Hand Therapy Treats

We provide treatment for clients who have suffered hand and upper extremity injuries or are experiencing symptoms of arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, and other conditions.

If you have experienced any of the following, Diablo West PT can help:

  • Fractures
  • Nerve Repairs
  • Flexor and Extensor Tendon Injuries
  • Amputations
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
  • Burn Injuries
  • Crush Injuries
  • Repetitive Strain Injury
  • Tendonitis/Tenosynovitis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis and Osteoarthritis
  • Hand, Wrist, and Elbow Ligament Injuries
  • Joint Replacements
  • Replantations/Transplantations
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
  • Workplace Injuries Including Repetitive Strain Injury, Fractures, and Sprains/Strains

How Diablo PT Can Help with Hand Pain, Hand Injuries, and Related Conditions

Our hand therapists are experienced in assessing and treating clients with hand pain, injuries, or diseases. We offer several treatments and techniques to help our clients improve their hand function, increase mobility, reduce pain, and prevent further damage. After a thorough evaluation and diagnostic testing, we will create an individualized treatment plan to help you meet your goals and address the specific condition you are experiencing. Our goal is to alleviate current symptoms and prevent further injury so you can return to the activities of daily life without limitations or complications.

Tips to Minimize Hand and Wrist Pain

You can take several steps to minimize hand pain, decrease inflammation, and prevent injuries or the risk of further damage to your joints.

  • Avoid activities that exacerbate the problem
  • Ice your hands for 15 minutes at a time throughout the day
  • Take anti-inflammatory medication only as directed by an experienced medical professional
  • Wear a wrist brace for support to help decrease inflammation and pain
  • Schedule a consultation with a hand therapist

One of our hand therapists can provide you with more suggestions on managing symptoms best, so they don’t interfere with daily tasks, sports participation, or other activities.

Diablo PT Hand Therapy Treatments/Services:

  • Manual Therapy — We provide manual therapy such as joint mobilization, massage, trigger point release, myofascial release, and other treatments to decrease pain and increase mobility
  • Fabrication of Custom Orthoses — We can create custom orthoses to protect healing structures, improve function, prevent deformity, reduce inflammation/pain after an injury or surgery, or for our clients with arthritis or other conditions that limit hand movement.
  • Therapeutic Exercise and Activity — We provide strengthening, flexibility, and endurance exercises to help you return to the activities of daily life as quickly as possible.
  • Ergonomic Assessments for Workstation — We provide ergonomic assessments of your workstation and make recommendations to help you sit, stand, or perform tasks more safely.

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FAQs About Hand and Wrist Pain

How can I relieve hand pain at home?

There are several steps you can take to help relieve hand pain at home.

  • Apply ice for 15 minutes every two hours throughout the day, especially after activity of daily life or exercise
  • Use anti-inflammatory medications as directed by your primary care provider
  • Wear a wrist brace that supports the area and helps decrease inflammation

What are the symptoms of tendonitis?

The symptoms of tendonitis include pain, swelling, tenderness, inability to bend your fingers, numbness, and a sliding or scraping feeling.

When should I see a physical therapist for hand therapy?

If you are experiencing persistent pain, tenderness, numbness, or weakness in your hand and are not sure what to do about it. A physical therapist can provide a thorough evaluation of the problem and determine if professional intervention is needed for treatment. Hand therapy is often required after a joint replacement or a fracture, a sprain or strain injury, and for arthritis and neurological issues affecting the hand and wrist.

What is a trigger finger?

Trigger finger is a painful condition of a finger, which becomes stuck in a bent position, much like the position a finger takes when you are “triggering” a gun.

What is carpal tunnel syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by pressure on the median nerve in the wrist. This pressure leads to symptoms such as numbness, tingling or pain of fingers, hands, or wrists; a burning or “electric shock” sensation in these fingers that may travel up the arm; and weakness in the hand, including dropping objects due to numbness and weakness.

What are some common causes of carpal tunnel syndrome?

Some risk factors for developing carpal tunnel syndrome include obesity, health conditions like diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis, repetitive motions, working with vibrating tools, pregnancy or menopause, and wrist fractures.

How long does it take to recover from hand or wrist injuries?

Each injury is unique, so recovery time varies depending on the severity of your condition, how quickly you begin treatment, and other factors. Your hand therapist will help you set realistic goals for recovery and work with you to create an individualized care plan.

Consult with a Hand Therapist to Learn More

Ready for hand pain relief? Our friendly, knowledgeable team is here to help!