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Our hand therapy department provides specialized rehabilitation services for patients with upper extremity dysfunction due to trauma or medical conditions.

Services are provided by registered occupational therapists that have obtained specialized knowledge of the upper extremity through advanced training, continuing education courses, and independent study. Many of our therapists have also obtained the distinction of becoming certified as hand therapists (CHT) by the Hand Therapy Certification Commission.

A Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) is an occupational therapist or physical therapist who has a minimum of three years of clinical experience, including 4,000 hours or more in direct practice in hand therapy. In addition, the Certified Hand Therapist has successfully passed a comprehensive test of advanced clinical skills and theory in upper quarter rehabilitation. Due to ever changing surgical and rehab strategies, every CHT is required to demonstrate continued professional development and competency by recertifying every five years.

UOI has 13  hand therapists, with 10 being Certified Hand Therapists.  UOI’s CHT’s work closely with the referring physician to ensure the highest level of care is given.

Comprehensive care begins with an evaluation leading to the development of an individualized treatment program based on wound healing principles and injury specific criteria. The goal of therapy is to achieve the highest level of function at work, home, and with sports/leisure activities. For appointments call 401-443-5000


Common Conditions treated:

  • Amputations
  • Arthritis
  • Crush injuries
  • Dislocations
  • Post op Dupuytren’s
  • Ganglion excision
  • Fractures of the Upper Extremity
  • Ligamentous injuries
  • Nerve compression (post op Carpal tunnel syndrome, Radial tunnel syndrome, Cubital tunnel syndrome)
  • Nerve and Tendon repairs and transfers
  • Tendinitis  

Services Provided:

  • Custom designed and fabricated orthoses for the fingers, hand, wrist and elbows
  • Edema Control & post op wound management
  • Scar management
  • Exercise programs to restore movement, endurance and strength for return to functional use
  • Activity modification
  • Patient education
  • Adaptive Equipment
  • Muscle  re-education
  • Sensory re-education and desensitization training.


In an effort to provide a team approach to patient care, the hand therapists work closely with you and your physician. Using this approach we determine if a splint will be required to assist with your rehabilitation.

All splinting services are provided by Occupational Therapists who have comprehensive knowledge of the upper extremity. The splint we provide for you may be custom made or pre-fabricated depending on the need established by your physician/therapist team.

Splints are provided for a variety of diagnoses, including:

  • Cumulative trauma disorders
  • Nerve injuries
  • Tendon injuries
  • Sprains and strains
  • Tendonitis
  • Congenital deformities
  • Fractures

Splints may also assist in progressing your rehabilitation. They can:

  • Protect a repaired nerve or tendon.
  • Rest inflamed tissues.
  • Provide support while working or playing sports.
  • Provide joint protection and rest for arthritic hands.
  • Stretch tight tissue and improve mobility.
  • Assist in pain reduction.
*A written referral from a physician is required before treatment can begin. Appointments are scheduled by phone or in person. We will inform you of insurance coverage for therapy to the best of our knowledge; however you may want to contact your insurance company for specifics.



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