From trauma rehabilitation to therapy for chronic conditions to sports therapy, the Hand to Shoulder Center team of professionals help hundreds of people everyday.
Expert Therapy and Rehabilitation
The Hand to Shoulder Center is one of the most prestigious names in hand care throughout the world, specializing in diagnoses, treatment, surgery and therapeutic rehabilitation of the hand, wrist, arm, elbow & shoulders.
The Hand to Shoulder Center is the first facility in the country to integrate the specialty of hand surgery and hand therapy creating a model for continuous patient-care and injury management. At the Hand to Shoulder Center, your therapist will know your doctor or surgeon personally. They will collaborate throughout your rehabilitation to ensure you progress at the right pace with your unique goals in mind.
Traumatic Injury and Post-Operative Therapy
For traumas and after-surgery care, we traditionally focus on the reduction of swelling, promotion of wound healing, gentle and gradual movement. Frequently a custom fabricated splint is made to provide protection of the injured part. Therapy is progressed according to specific guidelines to include exercises and techniques to allow return to the highest level of function possible in work, home and leisure activities. If required, the therapist can evaluate the work site and make recommendations related to the equipment or work tasks involved.
Chronic Ailments, Disease Management and Prevention
For chronic or acquired conditions, the emphasis is placed on symptom management, function, prevention and activity modification. When the condition results in a limited use of the hand or arm, the therapist can design equipment and splints to improve these limitations. Throughout the therapy process, home exercises and treatment techniques are included so that eventually, a home therapy program can be carried out with occasional visits to the therapist for monitoring and adjusting the home program.
Specialty Therapists Set a New Standard for Care
We are Certified Hand Therapists (CHTs) with a local, national and international recognition for excellence. Hand to Shoulder Center therapists and surgeons work together conducting research, authoring text books, and publishing articles in professional medical journals. Procedures and protocols that are developed at the Hand to Shoulder Center are well known and used by therapists worldwide.
Hand to Shoulder Center therapists and surgeons chair and serve as faculty for the annual Surgery and Rehabilitation of the Hand Symposium, an educational meeting attended by over 1,000 therapists and surgeons from around the world. The symposium is sponsored by the Hand Rehabilitation Foundation, in conjunction with the Philadelphia Hand to Shoulder Center.
Some of the Conditions We Treat:
- Birth Defects/Congenital Deformities
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- DeQuervain's Disease
- Dupuytren's Disease
- Fractures & Dislocations
- Joint Replacement for Arthritis
- Ligament Tears/Instability
- Repetitive Strain Conditions Adults, Teens & Pediatrics
- Shoulder Conditions/Rotator Cuff Injuries
- Sports Injuries
- Tendon Injuries
- Tennis Elbow
- Worker's Compensation Injuries
- Activity Modification
- Assistive Technology
- Comprehensive Evaluation
- Custom Splint Fabrication
- Ergonomic/Work Site Assessment
- Functional Retraining
- Musician's Return to Play Program
- Physical/Functional Capacity Evaluation
- Prevention Programs
- Sports Conditioning
- Symptom Management
- Therapeutic Exercises