When a person has a tendon injury in the hand that impedes the ability to flex or extend the hand properly and safely, he or she likely will have a challenging time finishing daily tasks, such as bathing, dressing, grooming, eating, going to the bathroom, and doing chores at home and at work. Each injury is different and the rate of recovery varies on the injuries’ severity.
Occupational Therapists specializing in hand therapy can implement rehabilitation intervention that enables the hand to properly function and avoid further damage.
What can an Occupational Therapist do?
- Evaluate the client’s injury post-care by an orthopedist to coordinate treatment plans and determine the course of intervention.
- Analyze the client’s surroundings at home and work to identify potential barriers to the client’s performance.
- Fabricate a splint to protect the injured section of the hand and educate the client how to manage activities with the splint.
- Introduce a home exercise program that will encourage healing and optimize use of the hand.
- Apply methods for swelling reduction, injury prevention, wound care, and movement improvement.
- Instruct the client various ways to complete activities safely and independently during rehabilitation.
- Incorporate the client’s goals and desires into the treatment process.
What can a person with a hand tendon injury do?
- Implement an at-home conditioning program recommended by the Occupational Therapist.
- Learn how to increase hand usage and improve coordination under the direction of an Occupational Therapist.
- Strengthen the hand and progress back to normal hand use.
- Set short- and long-term rehabilitation goals when consulting an Occupational Therapist and other health professionals.
- Learn how to complete every day activities in a safe manner while the hand is being rehabilitated, such as dressing, grooming, and driving.
Need more information?
A person with a hand tendon injury should be properly rehabilitated before attempting everyday tasks. If you would like to consult an Occupational Therapist, practitioners are available through most hospitals, community clinics, and medical centers.
Occupational Therapists and occupational therapy assistants are trained in helping both adults and children with a wide range of physical, developmental, and psychological conditions. Practitioners also assist clients in wellness techniques that may prevent injury and disease.