At Colorado Springs Therapy Center (CSTC), our occupational therapists (OT’s) offer advanced hand therapy rehabilitation services. We are a private practice center and provide innovative hand therapy in an outpatient setting. We serve our clients at two locations, one in Northern Colorado Springs, and the other in Southern Colorado Springs.
Hand Therapy is a general term for upper extremity rehabilitation for injuries to the shoulder, arm, elbow, hand, and fingers.
CSTC OT rehab specialists offer comprehensive therapy treatment and management for many upper extremity conditions. Some conditions and diagnoses include: carpal tunnel syndrome, cubital tunnel syndrome, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, wrist injuries (sprain, instability), thumb injuries, boxer fractures, broken bones or fractures, scar massage and management, CMC arthritis, Dupuytren’s contracture, De Quervain’s tenosynovitis, finger amputation, tendonitis, ganglion cyst, golfer’s elbow (medial epicondylitis) and tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis), radial tunnel syndrome, joint pain and stiffness, post stroke care, trigger finger, generalized weakness, hemiplegic care, sensory loss or persistent numb sensation, nerve damage care, mallet finger, frozen shoulder, rotator cuff tear of the shoulder, torn ligament, arthritic nodules, finger deformity, and many other conditions.
Our therapists can make custom splints for your splinting needs and recommend prefabricated splints for your specific condition.
Our OT’s can help clients get back to their daily tasks through use of therapeutic exercise and therapeutic activity. For example, opening a jar, opening a package, reaching for a box of cereal, picking up a child, lifting a gallon of milk, typing at work, making a full grasp on a dog leash, or carrying heavy objects.
CSTC OT’s can also treat and manage these conditions through modalities. Some of the modalities that CSTC uses for pain management and healing include cold therapy (cryotherapy), heat therapy, ultrasound, TENS, ESTIM, IASTM, and soft tissue massage, athletic tape.
Your OT will assess your strength, range of motion, sensation, and get more information on pain and mechanism of injury. Your OT will give you a complete home program to follow for optimal healing.
Condition Spotlight: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
What is Carpal tunnel syndrome? Carpal tunnel syndrome is a compressed nerve (median nerve) at the carpal tunnel within your wrist. People can experience numbness and tingling and sensory loss.
Common causes of Carpal Tunnel syndrome: Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by repetitive bending of elbow and wrist, and/or metabolic changes (smoking cigarettes, nutritional deficiencies, alcoholism, auto immune disease, difficulty managing blood sugar). Carpal tunnel syndrome can also occur with pregnancy and will resolve as the woman’s body returns to prenatal metabolic state.
What can I do about Carpal Tunnel syndrome? Talk to your OT about the severity of your carpal tunnel syndrome and they can provide exercises, splinting, and full conservative treatment approach before considering surgical approach.