Benefits of Therapy
We are excited and proud to introduce you to our experienced team of therapists, who can help you recover more quickly from an injury or surgery. Our goal is your goal: to reduce pain and speed healing, returning you to your daily activities as soon as possible. In many cases, simple modifications to what you do or how you use your body during the day can help to prevent or recover from an injury or surgery. We work closely with you and your physician to create a targeted, efficient program leading to a quicker and easier recovery.
What to Expect
At your first therapy appointment, you will spend approximately one hour with one of our specialized therapists. We will listen carefully to what you are experiencing, ask questions to learn about your goals, take measurements or perform special tests to determine the source of the problem. We will share information about your injury and what you can expect in the healing process, and, with your input, establish a plan to help you.
If you have just had surgery, we do our best to coordinate your initial visits with your therapist and your physician. We are often able to schedule these visits for the same day, usually seeing your therapist first, followed by your doctor’s appointment. In therapy, we are able to remove your post-operative dressing, cleanse your wound, and begin the process of restoring the ability to use your affected extremity.
Throughout your time with us, we share information regarding your progress with your doctor, and are able to work together to maximize your ability to live your life without pain.
How can we help you? We provide targeted, efficient care, including:
- Specialized exercise instruction: to stretch tight muscles and joints or strengthen ones that are weak
- Home Exercise Program: helping you follow through with your care after your session
- Massage and soft tissue mobilization
- Design and create custom splints/orthoses or adjust for comfort
- Wound and scar care
- Control of swelling
- Problem-solving or modification of daily activities: instructions in self care, precautions and restrictions or limitations
- Ergonomics or workstation design information
What to Bring
- Any splint or orthosis you are currently using.
- Prescription from your doctor. If your doctor is part of Northwest Hand and Orthopedics, we have it already.
- Photo of you at your workstation (if needed)
- Wear clothing that allows the body part being treated to be exposed.
- www.asht.org American Society of Hand Therapists
- www.htcc.org Hand Therapy Certification Commission
- www.wota.org Washington Occupational Therapy Association
- www.aota.org American Occupational Therapy Association
- www.apta.org American Physical Therapy Association
- www.bluewaterergonomics.com Bluewater Ergonomics
- www.workable-solutions.com Workable Solutions