Treating conditions of the hand and arm to help people participate in the things they want and need to do every day
Occupational Therapy is a health profession that helps people participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities (occupations). Hand therapy, a specialty practice area of occupational therapy, is typically concerned with treating orthopedic-based upper-extremity conditions to optimize the functional use of the hand and arm.
Occupational therapists work with each patient to identify what he or she wants to be able to do in daily life that is fulfilling and meaningful, and emphasizes the performance of those desired activities as the primary goal of therapy. The goal of therapy is to promote healing while also enabling a person to perform meaningful activities in their daily lives that contribute to quality of life as they define it.