Tanya Coats Occupational Therapy

Here’s why you need a Hand Therapist

When you’ve injured your hand or wrist, and you need help, where do you turn? The list can be long and confusing: physical therapy, occupational therapy, hand therapy. Which one do you make an appointment with? Does it matter? Actually, it does. There is a difference between a physical therapist and a  hand therapist. Choosing the one you need is the first step in your healing process. Here’s what you need to know.


A  hand therapist is an occupational therapist or a physical therapist at their core. However, they have chosen to go the extra mile and focus on Hand Therapy. 

A Hand Therapist is basically a hand specialist – and choosing a hand specialist to help with any ailment related to the hand or upper extremities is your best bet towards healing successfully.


If you need your air conditioning fixed, who do you call? Probably a company who specializes in fixing A/C units. The idea is the same – if you have injuries or issues with your hands, choosing an expert who specializes in hand health is your best option. Plus, because a hand therapist has the same background as a physical therapist or occupational therapist, you’re still getting the best of both worlds.

By choosing a hand therapist, you will receive:

  • Accurate assessments of the injured area
  • Immediate care and effective treatment which would reduce treatment time
  • Faster recovery results which would also reduce medical costs overall
  • Returning to the highest functional ability in order to get back to your usual lifestyle
  • Comprehensive treatment that addresses the use of the entire hand
  • Custom-splints for your healing needs

No matter what type of pain you’re feeling, be sure to consult a physician first.

Before making the decision to see a hand therapist, it’s crucial that you visit a doctor who can examine the injured area. They will be able to properly diagnose you, refer you to a  hand therapist, and help you create a plan of action for healing. Hand therapy could be the answer that you’re looking for. It’s time to stop living with pain and get back to the life you love!

If you need help with this, feel free to contact us or book an appointment online.

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