The Hand Center at UMass Memorial Medical Center offers a complete range of
diagnostic and treatment options for all forms of hand and upper extremity
problems, including trauma, work-related, congenital, arthritic and
sports-related injuries in both children and adults. Patients treated include
those with nerve injuries, fractures, tendon injuries, amputations, arthritis,
repetitive motion injuries and those recovering from reconstructive hand
surgery. The Hand Center team includes orthopedic hand surgeons, plastic
surgeons, and physical and occupational therapists that have specialized
knowledge in the treatment of hand disorders.
The Hand Therapy Center provides evaluation of patients' range of motion,
strength, sensation and functional hand and arm use. Therapy interventions are
designed to improve strength and motion, decrease pain and improve functional
use. Custom splints are made for patients to protect or position joints or to
improve hand use.
Hand therapists provide comprehensive computerized evaluations that determine
hand function and impairment in relation to the normal population. The results
of these tests are often used to plan therapy programs or make recommendations
regarding temporary or permanent disability.