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Our Occupational Therapy (OT) program is aimed primarily towards hand, wrist and finger dysfunction. Here are a few things where our OT may help.
Compression of the median nerve leading to pain and/or numbness and difficulty with wrist and hand use.
Tightness and inflammation of tendons associated with the thumb that can cause significant pain and weakness in your wrist and forearm.
Ligament or tendon injuries to individual fingers leading to pain and weakness.
The lost function, mobility and pain resulting from any surgery involving your wrist or hand.
Inflammatory of chronic degeneration of the joints in the hand or wrist.
Injuries to nerves can lead to weakness, numbness and pain in affected areas.
During your first session, our occupational therapist will asses your case. Depending on your assessment, you and the occupational therapist will develop a treatment plan based on your specific needs.
Treatments may include manual based therapy, modalities including laser, ultrasound, heat, cryotherapy and paraffin wax, and exercise therapy.
If appropriate, the occupational therapist may also opt to fabricate a custom splint for you.
In some cases, treatment collaboration with other providers may be helpful. This will be discussed with you where appropriate.
Occupational therapy is a health profession that works to enable patients to return to full functional tasks involved in their everyday life. Occupational therapists are health professionals licensed through their provincial college and hold a master’s degree in occupational therapy, which is required to enter the profession.
You do not need a direct referral for occupational therapy. However, if you have insurance coverage for OT, your provider may request one. If you are already seeking treatment with another type of provider, such as physiotherapy, they may also consider referring you depending on your needs.