Affton, MO

Affton, MO

Hand therapy by a Certified Hand Therapist will restore the use of your hand, wrist, arm, elbow, or shoulder.

Affton, MO Hand Therapy

Affton, MO Hand Therapy. As humans we rely heavily on the use of our hands and arms to accomplish many of the tasks we encounter in our daily lives. This part of our body is exceptionally complex, a design of different types of joints, bones, and an intricate system of blood vessels, nerves, tendons, and muscles, all of which must work in coordination to allow the fine motor control needed to button a shirt, hold a coffee cup, or answer the phone. When your medical condition or injury affects any part of your hand, wrist, forearm, or elbow, you need the skilled care provided by a Affton, MO hand therapist.

Skilled hand therapy can be the difference between a return to functional independence and a lifetime of pain and limitations. Your specific injury will determine the design of your personal hand therapy program. Goals for recovery will include protection and possible splinting, pain reduction, graded movement restoration, strengthening, and improvement of fine motor skills along with other hand, wrist, arm, and shoulder functions. With the right program, you will once again be able to live, work, and play without pain.Axes Physical Therapy delivers quality hand therapy near you. Contact us today to learn more about our hand therapy program or to schedule your first appointment.

What is Hand Therapy?

Hand therapy is a medical sub-specialty under the general field of occupational or physical therapy. Hand therapists address acute and chronic conditions of the fingers, hands, wrists, arms, and elbows. Hand therapy is used to improve your upper extremity comfort and function where needed.

In hand therapy, the complex principles of anatomy, physiology, and joint kinesiology converge as they relate to upper extremity function. Experienced hand therapists apply their extensive knowledge and understanding of how the human hand, wrist, forearm, elbow, arm and shoulder work together so that their patients can perform activities of daily living, go to work, or play sports. Hand therapists stay up to date on clinically researched best practices and medically proven approaches to managing upper extremity injuries. They utilize scientific evidence and collaborate with the best orthopedic and plastic hand surgeons in the Affton, MO. The exact treatment is always dependent upon the patient, their condition, and their goals.

Hand Therapists

A physical therapist or occupational therapist who has specifically trained in treating the hand, wrist, arm, elbow, and shoulder is a hand therapist. They are required to go through advanced education and have clinical experience caring for the vast variety of conditions including traumas, chronic diseases, muscoskeletal injuries, neurological conditions, and deformities that affect the upper extremity.

Some physical and occupational therapists pursue and obtain advanced certification in hand therapy practices. These professionals hold the title of a Certified Hand Therapist – also known as a CHT. The CHT certification process is rigorous. That process includes three years of professional practice including 4,000 hours of upper extremity treatment and an intensive certification exam. In addition, hand therapists must requalify every five years to maintain their certification.

Axes Physical Therapy employs a team of the Affton, MO area’s top physical therapists and occupational therapists, many of whom are accomplished Certified Hand Therapists. Our dedicated CHT’s work continuously to meet the rigorous demands required to maintain their certification and bring the best hand therapy to each of their patients. We ensure that each patient is paired with the individual who is best equipped to meet his or her hand therapy needs.

Hand Therapy Applications

Hand therapy treats upper extremity complains such as:

  • Chronic conditions (i.e. osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis)
  • Acute and chronic pain
  • Swelling
  • Joint injuries
  • Fractures
  • strains and sprains
  • Joint dislocation
  • Burns
  • Tendon lacerations
  • Post-surgical management and rehabilitation
  • Tendonitis and tendonosis
  • Compression syndromes (i.e. carpal tunnel)
  • Nerve and neurological conditions
  • Infections
  • Amputations and limb and digit reattachments

When you come to Axes Physical Therapy for specialized treatment of your hand, wrist, or elbow in Affton, MO, you will receive the expert care of a Certified Hand Therapist. In addition to the highly technical evaluation and treatment of your upper extremity injury, every Axes patient is treated with a comprehensive and personalized approach. We treat each patient entirely – from the source of your discomfort to the activities your condition has affected – with a focus on helping you return to the activities you love the most. Our client-centered approach means that we prioritize your personal experience in your recovery. Your Affton, MO hand therapy specialist will formulate an intricate treatment plan based on your history, medical and surgical procedures (if any), and your goals for recovery.

When you are trying to determine whether Affton, MO hand therapy is for you, think about the benefits of this treatment option. Hand therapy offers:

  • Treatment without surgery
  • Improved upper extremity function
  • Management of acute and chronic pain
  • Reduced sensitivity to nerve-related problems
  • Recovery from tendon and nerve injuries
  • Improved movement and strength
  • Reduced stiffness
  • New, modified ways to execute everyday activities
  • Preparation to return to work

Affton, MO Hand Therapy Treatment

Hand therapy treatment is unique to each injury and patient. Your hand therapy treatment team will combine their knowledge of upper extremity structure and function with their in-depth understanding of your personal goals and priorities to provide you with the best therapy. Your personal treatment plan will be based on the cause and severity of your condition, the body parts that are affected, and your occupational and functional goals. Together with your CHT, you will focus on objecvtives like improving strength, reducing stiffness, managing pain, practicing movement, or preventing further medical complications like infection and improper healing.

Your Affton, MO hand therapist will enlist non-operative interventions, preventative care, and rehabilitation strategies to guide you back to the upper extremity function that is important in your daily life. Patients of all kinds, from those with minor isolated fingertip injuries, complex neurological conditions, and everyone in between all count on Affton, MO hand therapy to get back to the everyday tasks life demands – such as unlocking and opening doors – on top of the occupational tasks specific to their unique lives – which could include work duties like typing and lifting and personal functions like holding a baby.

There are a wide variety of treatment methods that may be employed in hand therapy treatment. You see the most optimal results when you take an active role in your Affton, MO hand therapy. Your hand therapist will work closely with you and your medical providers to evaluate which treatments make the most sense and best meet your needs.

Hand therapy may include:

  • Home exercises
  • Education
  • Functional activities
  • Exercise
  • Manual interventions
  • Relearning muscle or neural movements
  • Work simulations
  • Laceration care
  • Dexterity training
  • Custom splinting
  • Wound and scar care

Other care and treatment provided by Axes Physical Therapy are things such as:

Hand Therapy Treatment Near Affton, MO | Axes Physical Therapy

You have a hand, wrist, arm, or shoulder injury or condition that makes getting around day-to-day difficult on your own. Through our Certified Hand Therapists, Axes Physical Therapy’s hand therapy gives you access to the expert care and treatment that will restore the movement, flexibility, and strength necessary to accomplish the tasks you come across every day.

Finger, hand, wrist, forearm, elbow, arm, and shoulder conditions and injuries are often complex, and recovery if often a challenge. Put your recovery in the hands of the top Affton, MO hand therapists by scheduling an appointment with Axes Physical Therapy today. Our several locations that offer hand therapy are locally owned and operated, with this one conveniently located in the Affton, MO area. Contact us or request an appointment online today.

Services Offered

Services Offered
  • Physical Therapy
  • Pre/Post Surgical Rehabilitation
  • Acute Injury Management
  • Chronic Injury Management
  • Work Conditioning/Hardening
  • Functional Capacity Evaluations
  • Certified Hand Therapy
  • Sports Physical Therapy
  • Pediatric Orthopedic Physical Therapy
  • Geriatric Physical Therapy
  • Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization
  • Vestibular Therapy and Post-Concussion Rehabilitation
  • Trigger Point Dry Needling
  • Free Injury Screenings
  • Kinesio Taping®
  • Blood Flow Restriction Therapy

Our Team

Stephen Brunjes
OTR/L, CEAS
Scott Gallant
PT, FAAOMPT, BDN
Stacey Collins
Clinic Director, PT, DPT, CMPT
Stephanie Heubi
Front Office

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