Specialized Evaluation & Therapy for Hands & Arms

Mercy Medical Center is proud to offer hand and upper extremity rehabilitation programs, staffed by certified hand therapists who treat hand and upper extremity problems exclusively, at Mercy Health Centers in North Canton and Tuscarawas County.

These outpatient programs offer patients individualized care that incorporates lifestyle and occupational considerations into all treatment programs. And although treatment plans may vary with each patient, the goal is always the same…to help the patient regain as much function as possible in their day-to-day activities.

What is a Hand Therapist?

A Hand Therapist is an Occupational or Physical Therapist who specializes in the rehabilitation of patients with problems affecting the hands and arms.

Mercy Medical Center has four hand therapists who have achieved hand therapy certification, requiring advanced study and training.

A hand therapist’s clinical expertise results in prompt and thorough identification of the many complex conditions of the upper extremity. Early intervention with the most effective forms of treatment can reduce medical costs and facilitate faster recovery for the patient.

Specialized Evaluations and Treatments for Persons with:

  • Arthritis
  • Arthroplasties
  • Brachial Plexus Injury
  • Burns
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome)
  • Crush Injuries
  • Cumulative Trauma Disorders
  • Dupuytren’s Contracture Release
  • Edema/Swelling of Hand/Arm
  • Epicondylitis
  • Fractures
  • Hypertrophic Scar
  • Joint Injuries
  • Neuroma
  • Peripheral Nerve Injuries/Entrapments
  • Replantation
  • Skin Grafts/Flaps
  • Sprains
  • Tendon Lacerations
  • Tendon Transfers
  • Tendonitis
  • Trigger Finger

Evaluation and Treatment Options

We provide physicians and companies with evaluations of upper extremity function, detailed reports of range of motion, strength, edema and sensation.

Treatments and Specialized Services We Offer Include:

  • ADL Training
  • Biofeedback
  • BTE Work Simulator for Rebuilding Strength and Endurance
  • Dexterity/Fine Coordination Training
  • Edema Reduction
  • Electrical Stimulation
  • Ergonomic Recommendations
  • Heat/Cold Modalities
  • Home Exercise Programs
  • Iontophoresis
  • Joint Protection
  • ROM Exercises
  • Sensory Re-education
  • Static and Dynamic Splinting
  • Strengthening Exercises
  • Stress Loading Programs
  • TENS
  • Ultrasound
  • Upper Extremity Prosthetic Training
  • Work Simulation and Conditioning
  • Wound and Scar Management