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Special Care for Hand, Wrist, Elbow and Arm Conditons

The pediatric hand therapists at Nemours Children’s give kids improved function, strength and pain relief from injury or disease. We are experts in how a child’s brain and body work and develop over time. We help children gain skills to reach important milestones as they grow.

.Our certified hand therapist has more than 20 years of practice in hand therapy. We care for babies and kids of all ages with complex hand and upper arm conditions. We work closely with orthopedic surgeons, sports medicine doctors and other specialists your child may see.

Because we only treat children, we understand their physical, emotional and social needs. We focus on your child by providing one-on-one therapy. We know how to motivate them and help build a sense of accomplishment and self-esteem.

Our goal is to give kids the best possible chance to play, learn, explore and grow to their best ability.

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Conditions & Treatments

Our certified hand therapists treat problems that cause pain, swelling and limited movement in the hands, wrists, elbows, arms and shoulders. We see a variety of conditions. Don't see a condition listed? Call us.

Broken Bones (Fractures)

Broken bones and dislocations in the hands, wrists, arms, elbows and shoulders.

Cerebral Palsy

Brain disorder that affects muscle tone, movement and motor skills.

Hand & Upper Extremity Differences

Missing or extra fingers, brachial plexus injuries and joint stiffness.

Soft Tissue Injuries

Trauma or injury to the soft tissues, like muscles, nerves, ligaments, tendons or skin.

Sports Injuries

Injuries and overuse, including strains, sprains, tears, fractures and dislocations.

Vascular Anomalies

Disease or injury in the blood vessels that affect the hands and upper extremities.

Wounds and Infections

Stiffness and weakness from wounds or loss of skin, tissue or bone.

Services We Offer

In addition to managing pain, we provide therapies that help kids build skills, flexibility, function, strength and independence. Some of our services include:

 

  • Activities of daily living training — Helps with self-care tasks like eating, dressing, bathing and more.
  • Adaptive and assistive technology training — Helps use devices that make it easier to function.
  • Custom splinting — Fabrication of custom splints to improve function and reduce pain.
  • Desensitization therapies — Methods to reduce extreme sensitivity.
  • Manual and compression therapies — Reduces swelling and improves circulation with hands-on and garment compression.
  • Splinting, fitting and positioning — Helps to stabilize hand injuries and neurologic conditions.
  • Therapeutic exercises — Helps increase range of motion and strength.
  • Ultrasound therapy — Uses sound waves to reduce pain and swelling and help with healing.

Team-Based Hand Therapy Care

Our hand therapists are part of renowned Nemours programs and centers for kids, including orthopedic surgery, sports medicine, cerebral palsy, neuromuscular disorders and more. We work together to create a personalized hand therapy plan.

  • Our therapists are experienced. They are licensed occupational and physical therapists certified in hand and upper extremity issues.
  • We involve the family. Our team educates your family and gives you the tools to help your child succeed.
  • Our rehab facilities are state-of-the-art. Your child gets the latest rehabilitation services at our children’s hospitals.

Hand Exercises to Increase Range of Motion

Nemours therapists show five hand exercises your child can use right now to improve range of motion. See how hand therapy can help.

Hand Exercises Grip Strengthening Elbow Stretches
Teenage female patient squeezes a hand therapy ball as instructed by female hand therapist.