Occupational Therapy

What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational Therapy, or better known as Hand Therapy is a rehabilitative service performed by an occupational/hand therapist on patients with conditions affecting the hands and upper extremities. Such therapy is performed by a provider with a high degree of specilization that requires continuing education and, often, advanced certification. This enables the hand therapist to work with the patients to hasten their return to a productive lifestyle.

Orthopedic Associates of Dutchess County is proud to employ Certified Hand Therapists (CHT). A CHT is an advanced certification: A Certified Hand Therapist is an OT or a PT who has a minimum of 5 years of clinical experience, at least 4000 hours in direct practice in hand therapy, and has successfully passed a comrehensive test of advanced clinical skills. There are only 6000 CHTs worldwide and Orthopedic Associates is staffed with these specialists to treat your hand condition.

How can Hand Therapy help you?

How can Hand Therapy help you?

Hands are the most intricate tools a person possesses. With healthy hands a person can catch a ball, eat a meal, shake a hand, wipe a child's tear, hammer a nail or open a jar. An injury to a hand can interrupt these routines. Hand Therapy at OADC strives to minimize the life disruption of a hand injury and return the patient to the highest quality of hand function possible.

  • Provides preventative, non-operative, or conservative treatment for your hand, wrist, or elbow condition.
  • Restores motion and strength after a fracture of a finger, wrist, or elbow.
  • Desensitizes and re-educates a nerve following trauma.
  • Provides custom splinting to immobilize, support, and protect and injured hand, wrist, or elbow.

Common Conditions

  • Arthritis
  • Carpal Tunnel

Other Nerve Compressions

  • Tendonitis
  • Ligament Injuries
  • Fractures
  • Amputations
  • Repetitive Motion disorders
  • Tendon and Nerve Lacerations

These include but are not limited to, exercise, range of motion, heat, ultrasound, iontophoresis, scar management, sensory re-education, pain management and custom splinting