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Hand Therapy

The Hand and Upper Extremity Therapy program of the Rehabilitation Institute of Ohio is a specialized therapy program designed to help patients return to their previous work and life roles, and/or to promote maximum independence within a given limitation.

The program provides therapy to restore function for individuals with:

Based at Miami Valley Hospital and The Sports Medicine Center, Centerville Satellite, this comprehensive program included rehabilitation services for inpatients and outpatients with impairments ranging from a stiff finger or fracture to dislocation, crushing injuries, tendonitis, lacerations, tendon, and nerve injuries.

Evaluation and Treatment Plans

With a referral from the physician, a certified hand therapist develops the patient’s individualized treatment plan based on capabilities, goals and overall health status. Treatment goals are established and reassessed with the patient and family.

Restoring Hand Function

Based on individual needs and goals, therapy may include:

  • Initiation of early, therapeutically-designed motion programs to prevent joint contractures, scar adhesion, and long-term disability
  • Specific techniques to promote upper extremity wound healing, soft tissue mobility, and decrease scar tissue formation
  • Static and dynamic splint fabrication to protect fractures, increase motion, preserve function, stretch contracted tissue, and reduce edema
  • Therapeutic activities to facilitate return to work and independence with daily living skills, along with home programs to maximize patient and condition rehabilitation goals

Conditions Treated 

The Hand Therapy program specializes in the rehabilitation for both surgical and non-surgical hand injuries. We treat a variety of hand conditions including:

A Continuum of Care

We offer a continuum of care guided by specialists in hand therapy. Our team of experienced occupational and board-certified hand therapists provide treatment that includes:

  • Custom splinting
  • Edema control
  • Exercise for motion dexterity and strength
  • Joint protection techniques
  • Scar management/manual therapy
  • Work simulation
  • Wound care

Treatments include:

  • BTE – Computer-based activity simulator that recreates real-world job tasks in a clinical setting
  • Cold laser – Low-intensity or low levels of laser light
  • Continuous passive motion – A treatment to improve range of motion and function
  • Electric stimulation – Electrical currents that activate nerves
  • Fluidotherapy – A high intensity heat treatment
  • Ultrasound – Medical imaging technique used to visualize muscles, tendons, or internal organs

To receive outpatient hand therapy services, a prescription is needed from a physician, which includes patient diagnosis and states that an occupational therapy evaluation is needed.

Preparing for Hand Therapy

Premier Health Library

The Premier Health Library offers a wealth of information about hand therapy. Learn about conditions, treatments, how to prepare for surgery, and much more.

Content Updated: November 25, 2014

These Miami Valley Hospital locations offer Rehabilitation Services.
Outpatient Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine at Coffman Family YMCA
90 Remick Blvd. Springboro, OH  45066
Rehabilitation at Claybourne Medical Center
1525 E. Stroop Rd. Kettering, OH  45429
Rehabilitation at Miami Valley Health Center Huber Heights
6251 Miami Valley Way Huber Heights, OH  45424
Rehabilitation at Miami Valley Hospital
One Wyoming St. Dayton, OH  45409
Rehabilitation at Miami Valley Hospital North
9000 N. Main St. Englewood, OH  45415
Rehabilitation at Miami Valley Hospital South
2400 Miami Valley Dr. Centerville, OH  45459
Rehabilitation at SureCare Medical Center
360 W. Central Ave. Springboro, OH  45066
Rehabilitation at the Wright Health Building
1222 S. Patterson Blvd. Dayton, OH  45402
Rehabilitation in Beavercreek
1244 Meadow Bridge Dr. Beavercreek, OH  45434
Rehabilitation in Jamestown
4940 Cottonville Rd. Jamestown, OH  45335
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