The primary goal of the Hand Program is to provide valuable and comprehensive education that will reduce the risk of hand injuries from occurring. However, when an injury does occur, intensive treatment and support are provided. The program's healthcare team consists of surgeons who specialize in hand surgery, occupational therapists and consultation with physiotherapy as needed. Four of the therapists have achieved the designation of Certified Hand Therapist.
Services offered by the Hand Program include:
- Hand Therapy
The program's occupational therapists provide assessment and intensive treatment to patients with acute hand injuries. Specialized services such as custom splinting and therapeutic exercise are used to enhance each patient's progressive treatment plan. To access hand therapy, a referral from a physician is required.
- Work Therapy
Work therapy or "work hardening" offers intensive strengthening of the upper extremities prior to an individual returning to regular work duties. Each patient is evaluated and an individualized program is designed to effectively address his or her specific needs. Program components include large and small muscle strengthening and task related activities to improve dexterity and coordination.