Hand Physical Therapy

What is it?

Hand Therapy is the evaluation and treatment of individuals with conditions affecting any portion of the upper limb, including the hand, wrist, elbow or shoulder girdle (clavicle and scapula aka shoulder blade). A qualified hand therapist can effectively assist and manage patients with preventative care, post-surgical rehabilitation, non-operative treatments, and work related ergonomics and body mechanic modifications. Preventative care provides therapeutic intervention to treat dysfunction, restore the loss of function, heal injuries, and reverse or reduce the progression of pathology (diseases).

Typical conditions of the upper extremity treated using hand physical therapy include:

• patients with crush injuries,
• tendon and/or ligament lacerations/repairs,
• tendinopathies,
• peripheral nerve disorders,
• fractures/dislocations,
• upper extremity impairment
• sports-related syndromes,
• autoimmune disorders,
• neurological conditions,
• pain,
• diabetes,
• focal dystonia,
• congenital anomalies,
• psychogenic disorders,
• small fingertip injuries,
• and replanted extremities.

Limited usage of the upper extremity can be life altering by interfering with work or tasks at home. Scheduling a visit with a Hand Therapist can help jumpstart the road to recovery and relief.

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Hand Physical Therapy Benefits

How can it help me?

Hand therapy addresses the common conditions affecting the upper extremity to help patients return to a more productive lifestyle free of symptoms. After consecutive and consistent treatments, patients can expect to experience the following improvements:

• Increase in range of motion, mobility and functionality of upper extremity joints, and muscles.
• Reduced pain and swelling
• Better drainage of interstitial fluid
• Faster recovery of injuries
• Return of skin sensation
• Reduced scar visibility
• Smoother scar texture
• Increase in dexterity and fine motor controls
• Greater strength and tolerance for lifting, pushing, and pulling objects.

In addition to physical relief, patients have also reported:
• Increase sense of independence
• Reduced anxiety and depression
• Ability to return back to work quicker

Techniques and Exercises

What we incorporate into our treatments

Hand Physical Therapy can include techniques or exercises such as:

  • Custom splints
  • Kinesio taping
  • Hands-on-manipulation of joints or soft tissue
  • Heat and Ice
  • Compressive therapy
  • Nerve desensitization, sensory re-education or sensory compensatory techniques
  • Electrical modalities
  • Ergonomic modifications
  • Manual Therapy
  • Massage Therapy
  • Prosthetic training
  • Scar tissue management
  • Strength exercises
  • Dexterity training

Who is eligible for Hand Physical Therapy

Common symptoms and conditions

  • Amputations and prosthetic training
  • Arthritis
  • Broken bones/fractures
  • Cuts, infections and open wounds
  • Burns and scars
  • Dislocations and sprains
  • Jammed fingers and joints
  • Joint stiffness
  • Pain in the hand/arm
  • Post-surgical procedures
  • Repetitive strain, pulled muscles
  • Sports-related injuries
  • Swelling, numbness, tingling, weakness
  • Tendon injuries
  • Work-related injuries
  • Shoulder Impingement
  • Dislocated Shoulder
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Hand Pain
  • Repetitive Motion Disorder
  • Fine Motor Skill Deficiencies caused by dyspraxia, strokes, and other disorders
  • Trigger Finger
  • Golfer’s Elbow
  • Tennis Elbow
  • De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis
  • Dupuytren’s Contracture
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Bicep Tendonitis
  • Colles’ (Wrist) Fracture
  • Acromioclavicular (AC) Joint Injury
  • Labral Tears in the Shoulder
  • Scaphoid (Wrist) Fracture
  • Clavicle Fracture (Broken Collarbone)
  • Swan Neck Deformity
  • Boutonniere Deformity
  • Osteoarthritis

Contraindications or implications that may limit this form of therapy include:

  • Fragile bones
  • Burns
  • Open wounds


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Brooklyn Body Works Physical Therapy began as an idea to bring the highest quality physical therapy to all people in our community. We wanted to offer the best that NYC has in health care while not marginalizing people based on socioeconomic boundaries (race, income, language, religion, etc). We offer a “concierge style service” and continue to accept many commercial insurances, medicare and even medicaid policies.


common faq's

Since this is a physical therapy session which will require a physical examination and therapeutic exercise (varies by patient), we ask all our patients to come prepared. Please come dressed in loose fitted clothing that will allow for easy mobility, comfort, and access to the area of complaint. In addition we recommend sneakers with soles that grip to prevent slips or falls.

The need for a referral depends on what type of insurance you have. Most insurance plans do not require one, however some insurances do. For example, if you have HIP, you will need a referral from your primary care physician. We ask that you check to see what your health insurance plan requires prior to your initial visit. If you are unsure, please contact our front office and we’ll do our best to determine whether or not you require a referral.

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Each patients case and diagnosis is unique and requires the development of an individualized plan of care. Your physical therapist will give you an estimate of the number of sessions needed to reach a level of “feeling better”, during your initial evaluation.

Over time the number of visits may increase or decrease from the initial estimate, based on the progress made.

Brooklyn Body Works Physical Therapy accepts many of the available major insurance plans as well as alternate payment options, including cash/self-pay, to make our services accessible and affordable. Please visit the link below to view all information pertaining to Payment Options.


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