North Kansas City Hospital’s certified hand therapists, along with other experienced occupational therapists, provide expert care for patients with hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder conditions.
Specialized Care for Hands, Wrists, Elbows & Shoulders
Patients at our outpatient clinic have access to state-of-the-art equipment including all electrical and thermal modalities, BTE work conditioning, and Greenleaf assessments. Patients may also be treated in one of our therapy pools. We provide custom orthotics for post-operative protective splinting, repetitive strain injuries, arthritis, positioning and to improve range of motion and function.
We provide one-on-one direct patient care and offer flexible hours Monday through Friday with therapists available for treatment on weekends when medically necessary.
What is a Hand Therapist?
A hand therapist is an occupational therapist who specializes in rehabilitating patients with conditions affecting the hands and upper extremities.
A certified hand therapist (CHT) has a minimum of five years of clinical experience, including 4,000 hours or more of direct practice in hand therapy. In addition, the CHT has successfully passed a comprehensive test of advanced clinical skills and theory in upper extremity rehabilitation.
What Does a Hand Therapist Do?
A qualified hand therapist can evaluate and treat any problem of the upper extremities through postoperative rehabilitation and preventative or conservative treatment. Treatment may include custom splinting, exercise therapy and other methods to improve motion and dexterity.
The therapist works closely with physicians and patients to provide a continuum of care that often starts within days of the injury or surgery, continuing until the patient returns to work and/or a productive lifestyle.
Who Benefits from Hand Therapy?
Hand therapy can benefit people with conditions including:
- Complex traumatic injuries
- Wound care
- Tendon injury
- Nerve injury/compression syndromes
- Ligament injuries
- Arthritis, including joint replacements
- DeQuervain’s tenosynovitis
- Dupuytren’s Disease
- Rotator cuff injuries/repairs
- SLAP and other shoulder injuries/repairs
- Neurological disorders, including MS and CVA
For more information on aquatic therapy at North Kansas City Hospital, call 816-691-1795.