What is upper extremity therapy?

Upper extremity therapy focuses on treatment of the shoulder, elbow, wrist, and hand. Disorders in one’s upper extremity impact his ability to perform many everyday activities, work and overall well-being. Therapy can start as soon as before and right after surgery in order to speed up the healing process and minimize the formation of scars. Goals for upper extremity therapy include the increase in strength, flexibility, range of motion, and decrease in pain.

How does upper extremity therapy work?

We begin with a assessment to determine the severity of your condition, be it sprains or strains of the ligament, fractures in the bones of the hand or arm, cuts, amputations, burns, surgical repairs of nerves or tendon in the arm or hands. Your individual therapist specializing in upper extremity therapy will then tailor interventions to improve your performance in preferred specific activities to help you resume your work or everyday activities. Treatment will include techniques for the following:

  • Wound care to promote optimal tissue healing
  • Home management program
  • Techniques to resolve edema, inflammation and pain
  • Prevention strategies to minimize re-injury, stiffness and other complications

Why should i do upper extremity therapy?

The upper extremity therapy performed by our professional therapists is designed to help you achieve maximum increase in endurance, strength, range of motion while decreasing the pain level. The treatment is also found to be effective in coping with the following conditions:

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Other nerve compression disorder in the upper extremities
  • Nerve graft
  • Soft tissue injury
  • Upper motor neuron disorder
  • Arthritis
  • Fractures
  • Peripheral nerve injury
  • Repetitive stress disorders in upper extremities
  • Tendon repair
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Loss of range of motion
  • Chronic pain in hand or arm

Ready to Experience Upper Extremity Therapy with Our Experts at TAP?

Early intervention is vital for successful rehabilitation. Our experts in TAP prioritize our patient’s needs and will continually assess your progress as we design an individualized treatment targeting your needs to enable a positive and fast recovery period. Our treatment programs cater to a wide range of post-surgical, chronic and acute conditions, we aim to assist you in regaining your daily living skills and also share preventive measures on how to avoid re-injury so as not to impede your recovery. Allow us to provide our invaluable expertise to assist you with your recovery in your upper extremities.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our physical therapists, and let us address your problems. Your complete recovery after an injury or surgery can become a reality with us at TAP!