Hand and Upper Extremity

The UConn Health Department of Rehabilitation Services provides specialized therapy assessment and individualized treatment for people who have suffered hand or arm injuries, have undergone hand/arm surgery, as well as for those with other conditions which may affect a person’s ability to function in everyday activities. An individualized rehabilitation treatment plan is developed based upon the doctor’s therapy prescription, a specialized assessment, and the individual needs and goals of each patient. Our team of occupational therapists hold advance-credentialed degrees in certified hand therapy and work closely with providers from the Hand & Wrist Program in Orthopedics & Sports Medicine to ensure optimum recovery for every patient.

Conditions Treated

Conditions treated at UConn Health may include and is not limited to the following:

Custom Upper Extremity Splinting

Our therapists are experienced in all aspects of custom splinting. The process of splint fabrication starts with designing a custom pattern, based upon your doctor’s prescription and your individual need. The splint is made of a low temperature thermoplastic material, and is secured to the body part with Velcro straps. The purpose of splints are to:

  • Immobilize and rest
  • Protect injured areas
  • Assist range of motion and increase function
  • Stretch connective tissue and increase joint mobility
  • Prevent or correct joint deformity
  • Maintain alignment of a joint after joint replacement

Your therapist will educate you in the wear, care and precautions of splint use.

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