Occupational Therapy

The Occupational Therapist at Lowcountry Orthopaedics treat patients with upper extremity injuries through the therapeutic use of everyday activities and exercises. They help patients develop, recover , and improve the skills needed for daily living and working.

The goal of hand therapy is to address each individuals goals to increase functional use and return to activities of daily living. Our hand therapists evaluate, assess, and treat individual needs to customize a treatment plan. The therapists work closely with the referring physician to ensure continuity of care. Our hand therapists can assist with education, activity modification, orthotic fabrication, conservative and post-operative management.

Our therapists provide one-on-one treatment for a variety of hand and upper extremity injuries. Conditions we regularly treat include:

  • Cumulative trauma disorders
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome, cubital tunnel syndrome and other nerve compression
  • Tendinitis
  • Fractures of the hand, wrist, forearm, elbow and humerus
  • Tendon and nerve lacerations
  • Various types of arthritis including rheumatoid and osteoarthritis.
  • Dislocations and sprains
  • Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS

Hand therapy is the art and science of rehabilitation of the upper limb, which includes the hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder girdle. It is a merging of occupational and physical therapy theory and practice that combines comprehensive knowledge of the structure of the upper limb with function and activity. Using specialized skills in assessment, planning and treatment, hand therapists provide therapeutic interventions to prevent dysfunction, restore function and/or reverse the progression of pathology of the upper limb in order to enhance an individual’s ability to execute tasks and to participate fully in life situations."

-Hand Therapy Certification Commission