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Certified Hand Therapy

Posted on March 29th, 2021 in Elbow, Hand, & Wrist by Dr. Steven Kronlage

Hand Therapy services at our Pensacola location provide an opportunity to treat both acute and chronic conditions or injuries of the hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder. At the Hand Center, our fellowship-trained surgeons work closely with our exceptional Certified Hand Therapists to develop a comprehensive course of treatment to improve outcomes related to conditions and injuries of the upper extremities, including the following:

  • Fractures
  • Arthritis
  • Congenital differences
  • Crush injuries or trauma
  • Sports-related injuries
  • Work injuries and return to work strategies
  • Custom bracing for a return to sports or work
  • Ligament injury and instability
  • Muscle strains, tears and avulsions
  • Tendon injuries and conditions (e.g., lacerations, tendonitis, ruptures)
  • Nerve injuries and conditions (e.g., neuropathies, palsies, nerve repair)
  • Neuromuscular pathologies
  • Ergonomic evaluations and reccomendations
  • Wounds, scars and injuries of all kinds

We begin by evaluating the demands of the patient’s workplace and home, including caregiving roles and leisure activities, to ensure that interventions are designed to meet tangible, realistic outcomes like returning to work or living safely at home. In addition to a history intake, the evaluation process may also include:

  • Range of motion testing
  • Strength testing
  • Observation of functional task performance
  • Sensory testing

Our Hand Therapists will discuss your treatment goals with you to learn more about how your condition or injury impacts your life and how we can help you return to daily activities. A comprehensive plan of care to treat these injuries and conditions may include a combination of therapeutic activities and exercise, post-surgical/injury education, scar and pain management, sensory re-education, mirror therapy and joint protection and/or energy modification. We also offer training in activities of daily living and adaptive or assistive devices, and custom orthosis fabrication.

If you currently suffer from an injury or condition of your hand, wrist, elbow or shoulder that occupational therapy may benefit from, please contact our office at 850-807-4200 or complete our online Appointment Request form to schedule a visit.

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