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Top Hand Therapy related questions
This can take several weeks to several months, depending on the severity of your wounds, how well your body responds to therapy and how difficult it is to attain your mobility goals. Severe injuries and more extensive surgeries can take longer to heal and for your upper extremities to regain mobility. You can ask your Tasker for an estimate of how much longer your therapy will take after a few sessions.
You don’t have to provide any tools or equipment, although you should have the prescriptions for your medicine ready. Your Tasker can help you take any medication following the prescription to keep you on track for recovery or manage your pain. You must also have the dedication to cooperate with your hand therapist and never skip or cancel a session - this can keep you from attaining your mobility goals and make a harmful impact on your quality of life.
Sure! Your hand therapist can recommend simple exercises you can do without any weights or special tools. One example is crumpling a couple of pages of old newspaper in one hand. It doesn’t matter how long it takes to do this; you can move at your own pace and crumple the paper until it’s shaped like a ball. You can try exercises like this on other household items - the trick is to ensure your hand encounters some resistance.
Absolutely. Hand therapy aims to restore or regain the highest mobility possible for anyone with problems moving their hands, shoulders, elbows, wrists, fingers and forearms. This includes anyone recovering from surgery, amputation and, of course, those suffering from mobility-impairing ailments like arthritis. Hand therapy exercises can strengthen the muscles that support the joints in your hands and fingers. Feel free to book a capable hand therapy Tasker on our platform to assist you with your needs.
Most measures to avoid arthritis in your hands involve lifestyle choices. Losing weight and quitting smoking can help prevent arthritis. If you do a lot of pushing and pulling at work, always use protective equipment, do exercises that strengthen and stretch muscles that support your joints and avoid overexertion. Take care to prevent injuries when playing a sport, and if you do a lot of typing, practice good posture and get the proper wrist support.
Yes, absolutely! Hand therapy techniques are designed to help anyone with conditions that impact mobility and function in their hands and upper extremities, including stroke patients. One study strongly suggests the importance of having stroke patients do hand therapy to restore motor function in their upper extremities. Repeated exercises that included grasping, hand-reaching and handwriting tasks are proven to decrease impairment and improve the quality of life of stroke patients.
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What do hand therapy services include?
Hand therapy services include all the tasks and activities necessary to restore mobility to your upper extremities. In cases where it’s not possible to restore 100% mobility, your hand therapist can work with you to set your personal mobility goals and achieve them.
The service is also a form of post-operative care and can include helping you manage any recent or long-lasting pain you experience. Your hand therapist can help you exercise and strengthen any affected extremities to prevent the onset of oedema and as part of achieving your mobility goals.
Assessing your condition & setting goals
Your Tasker begins the service by evaluating your ailments or injuries and how they affect your mobility. They can assess the current level of mobility of your hands, shoulders, wrists, fingers, forearms and elbows.
Your hand therapist also takes note of all your injuries and the level of pain they may cause. They consult you as to how much more mobile you want to become, set these as goals, then draw up a plan to achieve your mobility goals.
As you have less mobility in your upper extremities and don’t use them as much, you may develop fluid retention in them; a condition called oedema. Your hand therapist can help prevent or control this by elevating, stretching and moving your less-mobile extremities.
Upon request, some Taskers can help you with your diet, and assist you in getting fresh, healthy food to minimise or recover from mild oedema. They can help you stay hydrated and help you reduce your salt intake to control oedema or help you prevent its onset.
This part of hand therapy can involve treating wounds and monitoring their healing progress. Taskers can apply or give you the prescribed medication for any wounds on your upper extremities. They can also change any wound dressing when necessary and apply a splint to the affected area to prevent stiffness, prevent unwanted movement and minimise pain.
Your therapist can assist you in performing strengthening exercises for your affected upper extremities. They can do passive exercises which involve moving or stretching your stiff joints without your effort. For the upper extremities you can move and must strengthen, your Tasker can have you do exercises with light weights, exercise putty, resistance bands or other equipment.
You should allow yourself to progress gradually and don’t over-exert yourself. Remember to get help stocking up your pantry and have someone do the housework to avoid overexertion. Your Tasker can reduce the passive exercises once you can move your stiffened joints yourself. You may have to do these exercises for each session until you gradually restore or attain the mobility goal you set out for yourself.
Doing exercises in-between sessions
Without continued exercises, the mobility you regained can be lost, so your Tasker may teach you stretching and strengthening exercises to do on your own. They can advise you to do only these exercises and not attempt to do more.