Conditions or Injury of Hand, Wrist, Elbow and Shoulder
Hand Therapy is the art and science of rehabilitation of the upper quarter and is not limited to hand injuries. It is the merging of occupational therapy and physical therapy theory and practice whereby the therapist utilizes specialized skills, assessment and treatment to prevent dysfunction, restore function, and/or reverse the progression of pathology in individuals with upper quarter disease or injury.
Common Hand Problems Treated
- Post Tendon Repair
- Joint Replacement
- Post Nerve Repair
- Reconstructive Surgery
- Post Fracture Strain/Sprain
Because of the unique structure, anatomy and functional requirements of the hand, specialized training is necessary for proper rehabilitation. Hand rehabilitation is truly a subspecialty of orthopedics. We work closely with your physician to be sure appropriate treatment is being rendered for the specific surgical intervention you have received. Splinting will be done as needed.
Mechanically Oriented Evaluation and Treatment
Mechanically-oriented evaluation and treatment refers to the use of specific provocation tests, combined with an extensive knowledge of the anatomy and function of the involved structures involved. This information is then utilized to design the treatment plan most effective in resolving the problem.
Mechanically-oriented therapists develop specific treatment approaches to go right to the structure at fault. They tend to use various hands on techniques such as mobilization, manipulation, mobilization with movement, frictional massage, therapist assisted stretching and strengthening exercises, all combined with various forms of exercise and /or instruction for home. Patient education is a large part of our approach.
Barry G. Inglett, PT, CHT, Cert.MDT
At Wayne Physical Therapy & Spine Center we have a Certified Hand Therapist, also known as a CHT. Barry Inglett is a Certified Hand Therapist as well as a physical therapist and co-owner of Wayne Physical Therapy & Spine Center. Mr. Inglett successfully completed the stringent requirements to become a Certified Hand Therapist, and also has completed extensive work in splinting. His coursework in splinting goes beyond the requirements of hand certification and is an important aspect of his ability to care for more complex upper extremity patients.
Mr. Inglett has practiced in orthopedic physical therapy for more than thirty years. His expertise in rehabilitation of the hand and splinting adds to his expertise in general orthopedics and his subspecialty of spinal care as a credentialed McKenzie Therapist.