occupational therapy watertown ny

Occupational Therapy

Having a hand, wrist or arm injury can really set you back and not just in the short term. Everyday, you use your hands and arms to do thousands of tasks that we often take for granted. From brushing your teeth to cutting up your food, your hands and arms do a lot of work. That is why, when an injury occurs or after a needed surgical procedure, hand therapy is vital to get your joints and muscles moving properly again.

 

After an injury or surgery, right away muscles begin to waste, joints become stiff and swelling happens. The hands are a very difficult place for swelling to leave from and it typically takes quite some time for it to resolve. Depending on the type of injury or surgery, putting the arm or wrist in a cast or brace may be required. This helps the tendons, ligaments or bones affected, to heal in a natural position. The downside is that you don’t do all those normal movements you need to be doing each day. Everything becomes stiff and weak. However, the right physical therapist can work with you with a personalized approach to reach your strength and mobility goals.

The Key to Recovery

How well you recover after any injury or surgery of the hand, wrist or arm is dependent on occupational therapy, especially hand therapy with a certified hand therapist. With years of extensive training in the upper extremity and hands, a hand therapist is a true specialist in this area. That makes all the difference in the speed and completeness of your recovery.

 

Soft tissue injuries typically take six weeks to heal, however, more severe injuries like fractures and sprains to the heel or other areas of the body will likely take more than eight weeks to fully heal. If you’re interested to see if occupational therapy is the right treatment option for you contact one of our locations today in Oswego and Watertown, NY.