Hand Therapy is an important part of Occupational TherapyCommunity Memorial Hospital (CMH) of Cloquet is giving special recognition to its hand therapy program during the month of June.
Community Memorial Hospital (CMH) of Cloquet is giving special recognition to its hand therapy program during the month of June.
Most of us never think about the numerous functions we perform with our hands until something happens to impair our use of them. When this occurs, hand therapy is often the only answer for treatment.
CMH has a certified hand therapist on staff who treats all types of hand injury. Marcia Bowker is not only a certified hand therapist, one of only a few north of the Twin Cities, but she is also the director of Occupational Therapy at CMH.
She is qualified to work with patients who may have been affected by an accident or trauma that has left the individual with wounds, scars, burns, injured tendons, nerves or fractures. In some instances the event may have resulted in amputation of fingers, hands or arms. Other situations may not be as obvious.
There can be injury from doing the same task over and over fatiguing the structures of the hand and believe it or not ¬– there are even hand injuries that occur gardening! Raking, weeding, digging and pruning put stress on the hand and wrist and can lead to problems if they are performed for long periods of time. As with so many other activities, warm up exercises can help prevent injury ¬– even if you are only gardening.
A hand therapy specialist will help you maximize the recovery from your injury, get your hand and upper extremity back to normal and teach you how to prevent future injuries.
During the month of June CMH celebrates the discipline of hand therapy and the fact we have a hand therapist here in our community!