Anyone with a hand injury should consider calling a doctor or seek medical attention. If medical attention is delayed, the potential for devastating and sometimes irreversible injuries increases greatly. One must know, that even the smallest cut or seemingly innocent hand injury could require advanced treatment delivered by a professional hand therapist to prevent infection or significant loss of function.
How important are your hands?
The hand is undoubtedly one of the most complex parts of your body - the movement of the tendons, bones, tissues and nerves allows you to grip and perform a wide variety of complex gestures and simply get the manual tasks done. Without your hands it would be extremely difficult to do even the simplest, everyday tasks such as opening doors, using a fork, or tying your shoes.
Your hands’ importance is reflected in language and culture. The former abounds in expressions like “he is my right hand” or “I’ll have my hand cut off for you” - as drastic as it sounds it simply stresses out how indispensable and valuable part of the body your hand is. The Western culture accepted handshake as a sign of agreement, respect or a welcoming and friendly gesture. A lot has been researched about hand gestures and their meaning, looks of the hands and they way they carry status symbols - for example rings and watches.
- The hand consists of 27 bones (including the 8 bones of the wrist). Other associated structures are nerves, arteries, veins, muscles, tendons, ligaments, joint cartilage and fingernails.
- Hands are extremely intricate in design and function and embody an amazing work of anatomic engineering. It is said that form follows function in the hand and therefore, any injury to the underlying structures of the hand carries the potential for serious handicap. In order to reduce this risk, even the smallest hand injuries require proper medical evaluation and relevant treatment.
- Hand injuries are considered to be the most frequent body injuries, the treatment of which is of long duration and great community expense. The most common cause of the injuries are blunt trauma, followed by injury from a sharp object.
The primary goal with injuries to the hand is a rapid and accurate initial evaluation followed by a relevant treatment. In other words, once an injury occurs, the certified hand therapist strives to begin medical treatment as quickly as possible so the short- and long-term effects on the hand can be minimized.
The complex treatment of the injured hand at recognised Occupational therapy clinic Miami allows for pain relief, shorter treatment duration, improved treatment results, and decreased indirect expenses of the hand therapy. A Certified hand therapist will also consult regarding prevention so future injuries become less likely to occur.
A Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) is an occupational or physical therapist who, through advanced continuous education, vast clinical experience and integration of knowledge in anatomy, physiology and kinesiology, has become proficient in treatment of pathological upper-extremity conditions resulting from trauma, disease, and congenital or acquired deformity.
It is of a high importance that your occupational therapist in Miami is the one who obtained the Certified Hand Therapist credentials. In order to claim such credentials, a therapist must practice for a minimum of five years, when he or she accumulates at least 4,000 hours of treatment for hand injuries and upper-extremity disorders. It is worth noting that Certified Hand Therapists must also pass a rigorous national certification exam to demonstrate their competency in the practice of hand therapy and to ensure highest standards of delivering medical consultation and a patient-oriented approach.
Hoang Tran is an Occupational Therapist (OT/L) and Certified Hand Therapist (CHT)
She had the privilege of working alongside great doctors, nurses, and therapists. She learned a lot and treated various degrees of wound care needs in hospital settings, protocols of pre- and post-surgery, fabrication of orthosis, and protocols for conservative treatment. Besides orthopedic types of injuries, she has worked extensively with neurologic injuries such as strokes and brachial plexus injuries from the shoulder down to the hand. In January 2014, Hoang opened Hands On Therapy Services.
The clinic provides certified hand therapy (CHT) services for all types of shoulder, elbow, wrist, and hand injuries in the Miami area. Our qualified OT/CHT will provide you with an individualized evaluation, develop your treatment plan, and collaborate with you on your treatment process to reach your goals of a speedy recovery in a cost-effective manner. Our Miami clinic offers an open and friendly environment where you will feel comfortable being treated by an OT/CHT in a one-on-one setting.
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