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Distal Upper Extremity Rehabilitation

Fractures are a common source of wrist and hand injuries and their need for PT varies depending on age and the severity of the fracture. Physical therapy is very effective in working loose the small joints in the hand and wrist in those situations with lingering pain and loss of motion.

The hand itself is a very interesting structure since it often lives in a flexed or gripped state. Life demands a grip to function and even when sleeping the hand will often be found to hold a gripped position. As a result, muscle imbalances are very common in the hand/forearm area. Physical therapy can be very helpful to assist someone in overcoming these imbalances which can result in renewed motion and dexterity. This is especially common in the aging process where often one’s stiffness is often attributed to “arthritis”. The best way to know if physical therapy can help is to get an evaluation. PT provides good action steps and gives someone renewed optimism for better functional use of their hands and fingers.

The highest percentages of elbow problems outside of fractures are commonly termed “tennis and golfer’s elbow”. These conditions are typically related to repetitive stress from sports as the names imply or from gripping/work situations. The medical term for these two conditions is called epicondylitis and they can become debilitating if not addressed quickly. Tied closely to the treatment of these problems is education and equipment modification to unload the stress concentrating on the elbow. Full Potential Physical therapy provides a comprehensive approach to handling these conditions which includes looking at the patient’s overall posture and how it can affect stress concentrating on the distal arm.

Common Conditions We Help:

  • Fractures
  • Tendonitis
  • Carpel tunnel syndrome
  • Tennis and Golfer’s elbow
  • Stiffness
  • Elbow, wrist, and hand problems