Hand Rehabilitation

Hand Therapy

The Therapeutic Associates Hand Rehabilitation Clinic at Providence Health Center is dedicated to the art and science of restoring hand function after injury or surgery. Our clinic has provided care for patients with hand and upper-extremity disorders for more than 30 years, and our therapists are dedicated to maintaining high quality, up-to-date approaches to complicated diagnoses.

Our Hand Patients are evaluated and treated by Occupational Therapists or Physical Therapists, with Advanced Practice in Hands or Hand Therapy Certifications. Patients receive comprehensive, personalized care. Therapists stay in close communication with physicians, with timely progress reports and updates to care delivered according to physician preference, and meet guidelines for all insurance providers, including Medicare.

Program Goals:

Our Hand Clinic will provide the following:

  • Provision of treatment for a wide range of Upper-Extremity concerns, including simple to complex Fractures, Soft-tissue traumatic injuries, Repetitive or Cumulative trauma injuries, Neurological diagnoses, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, and Lymphedema.
  • Restoring each patient’s ability to use their hands fully for work, home, and sports activities is our primary goal. Our Clinic offers a wide range of modalities (Iontophoresis, Ultrasound, Infrared, Electric stimulation, IASTM, Taping, etc.) to control pain and edema and facilitate mobility after injury or surgery. We provide extensive custom splinting options, static and dynamic, to provide protection, comfort, mobilization, and enhanced function during healing.
  • Practical, functional outcomes are emphasized for our patients, with a full gym for exercise and functional activities using BTE technologies, Valpar equipment, and work/sports simulation available to achieve their goals. Functional Capacity Evaluation is available upon request for accurate return to work assessment. The CareConnections Outcomes System is used to assess overall patient improvement and patient satisfaction on completion of therapy.

Our Hand Therapy Specialist:

Valerie Hunter, PT CHT

Valerie acts as lead Hand therapist for PSJMC’s Hand Clinic.  She has worked at Providence as a Physical Therapist for 33 years and has spent the last 15 years in the Hand Specialty area, becoming Hand Certified (HTCC) in 2005. Valerie is also certified in Lymphedema Comprehensive Decongestive Therapy, Ergonomic Workplace evaluation, and Functional Capacity Evaluation.

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Other diagnoses commonly referred to the Hand Clinic:

  • Tendon injuries and repairs
  • Reconstructive surgeries
  • Arthritis disorders
  • Repetitive motion injuries (pre- and post-surgical)
  • Sprains/strains and severe trauma injuries such as crushes, burns, and amputations
  • Lateral/medial epicondylitis, ulnar, median, and radial nerve compression syndromes
  • Brachial plexus injuries/surgeries
  • Thoracic outlet syndrome

How to reach us for referral:

Your personal physician or hand specialist can provide a referral, and our Providence Health Center has access for many HMO, all PPO insurance carriers, Medicare, and Medical and Worker’s compensation insurers. Our office staff will be happy to assist you with any authorization needs.