OSF St. Joseph Medical Center

Hand Therapy

Hand therapy is a type of rehabilitation performed by an Occupational Therapist on patients with conditions affecting the hands and upper extremities.

Such therapy is performed by a provider with a high degree of specialization, requiring continuing education and advanced certification. 

Hand Therapy at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center is tailored to each individual patient using the most current evidence-based therapy treatments, resulting in the highest quality service and excellent outcomes.

Who Is It For?

  • Post-surgical of the upper extremity: shoulder, elbow, wrist, or hand
  • Arthritis
  • Tendonitis
  • Fractures
  • Nerve entrapment (at cubital tunnel and carpal tunnel)

What Does it Involve?

  • Comprehensive evaluation and assessment of your individual condition
  • Exercise to address specific needs of strengthening and flexibility, including a tailored at home program
  • Hands on treatments to address joint, muscle, and tissue mobility
  • Custom orthotic fabrication (custom splinting)
  • Desensitization following nerve injury or trauma

Preparing for Your Therapy

You will need a physician’s referral to set up an initial evaluation appointment. Please bring your insurance card and a photo ID and wear loose fitting clothing. 

Arrive about 15 minutes prior to your scheduled visit. The first visit, the initial evaluation, may take 45 minutes to an hour.

This gives the therapist time to talk to you, take baseline measurements, and get you started on treatment and a home exercise program.