Helping You Recover Hand StrengthPhysical therapist helps patient with hand exercise

The Occupational Hand Therapy Department at Winchester Hospital is staffed by experienced occupational therapists. Typical diagnoses referred to our facility are tendon injuries, fractures or surgical procedures of the hand or elbow, cumulative stress injuries, splint or brace fabrication and arthritis of the hand.

Winchester Hospital’s outpatient occupational hand therapy department is dedicated to rehabilitation excellence. Our therapists specialize in the evaluation and treatment of the hand and upper extremity injuries.

Each patient receives an individualized initial evaluation, hands-on approach to therapy and patient education. We communicate with your physician and send patient progress reports on a regular basis to ensure your physician is aware of your condition.

As occupational therapists, we are educated in the physical aspects of an injury or condition and the psychological affects this might have on a patient. Our goal is to treat the whole person, not just the injury or the condition.

Occupational hand therapy services are available at all three Winchester Hospital locations:

“Six Weeks to a Better Grip” Program

The Winchester Hospital “Six Weeks to a Better Grip” program can help you improve use of your hands.

Osteoarthritis, sometimes referred to as degenerative arthritis, causes deterioration of cartilage. In the hand, osteoarthritis most often affects the small joints of the fingers and the base of the thumb, which causes progressive loss of function often making it impossible to maintain your favorite activities and in some cases your independence.

We often hear patients say, “I didn’t know anything could be done for arthritis.” It is generally accepted cartilage cannot be restored once it has deteriorated. However, that doesn’t mean you cannot restore hand function.

Despite your diagnosis of osteoarthritis, improving range of motion and strength and learning how to protect your joints will lead to improving functional use of your hands. Also, this often reduces inflammation and decreases pain which can stop the rapid advancement of osteoarthritis. The sooner you learn how to care for your hands, the better your prognosis.

The program includes:

  • Comprehensive hand evaluation, including range of motion, strength, pain level, functional status for daily activities and assessment for hand, wrist or thumb splint
  • Treatment aimed at improving range of motion and decreasing pain to improve functional activities of daily living
  • Exercises to improve functional strength
  • Self-care management “joint protection program” to manage your situation without accelerating the damage caused by arthritis

For an appointment or more information, please call 781-729-8833.