Hand Therapy is a type of rehabilitation performed by an occupational or physical therapist on patients with conditions affecting the hands and upper extremities.

Occupational Therapy Hand and Upper Extremity Service at MGH

Massachusetts General Hospital has one of the largest hand therapy departments in the country, with 12 Certified Hand Therapists working with renowned surgeons on the orthopaedic, trauma and plastic surgery services. All of the MGH therapists are licensed and registered Occupational Therapists with an advanced certification in hand therapy. We provide therapeutic services to persons with hand and Upper Extremity injuries who have physical limitations that affect ability to function. Therapists collaborate with patients and their families to set goals towards improving the highest level of independence in activities of daily living, work, and leisure tasks.

Our therapists employ comprehensive and patient specific evaluation and treatment techniques which are supported by evidence based practice. The MGH therapists use outcome measures to ensure their patients optimally return to their previous level of function at home, work and play.

MGH Hand Therapists treat a variety of post surgical and post traumatic injuries including replantations/revascularizations, tendon repairs, burns, and fractures/dislocations along with degenerative disorders such as osteoarthritis and tendon conditions including DeQuervain’s and lateral epicondylitis.

The hand therapists are highly skilled in the application and modification of treatment techniques including range of motion, strengthening, wound care, joint mobilization, soft tissue mobilization, static and dynamic splinting, physical agent modalities, ergonomic assessments, work station modifications, and patient education.

Patients being seen by the Hand therapy Service require a physicians order including date and diagnosis. Hand and Upper extremity patients may be seen in the Boston, Revere, Waltham or Foxborough clinics by scheduled appointments.

To view the credentials of our therapists, visit our Staff Directory.

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