Hand / physical therapy is a valuable tool for surgeons who are helping their patients rehabilitate injuries or recover from surgery. It is a non-invasive method that can be used as a stand-alone therapy or in combination with other treatments. Hand and physical therapy is a term used to describe a collection of therapeutic methods, such as exercise therapy, massage therapy, hot and cold therapy, and electrical stimulation therapy. It is designed to challenge the body’s musculoskeletal system, pushing it beyond the boundaries caused by disease, deformity, or injury.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will I need hand or physical therapy?
There are many people who could benefit from hand or physical therapy. Examples include athletes with overuse injuries, patients with arthritis, joint replacement surgery patients, and anyone who is limited by chronic musculoskeletal pain, stiffness, or motion range restrictions. Patients may also benefit from physical therapy if they are suffering from traumas to the body’s connective tissues, such as torn ligaments or tendinitis. To find out if physical therapy is right for you, contact us to schedule a consultation.
What should I expect during a hand or physical therapy session?
Dr. Vossoughi will prescribe physical therapy that will challenge you without over-working you. The long-term goal for many patients is improved joint mobilization and less pain. You can expect your therapy sessions to gradually increase in difficulty, constantly challenging you to make progress toward your goals. Some patients require therapy for weeks to months. Your exact experience will vary according to your needs.
Is there anything I can do to help improve the outcome of my treatment?
It is not unusual for Dr. Vossoughi to order hand and or physical therapy together with at-home stretches or exercises. Depending on your specific circumstances, you may be advised to adopt a more active lifestyle or perhaps avoid certain physical activity until you make a full recovery. The most important thing you can do to facilitate a better treatment outcome is to follow Dr. Vossoughi’s instructions exactly as advised.