HAND THERAPY IN LOS ANGELES
Advanced Therapy Center
At Advanced Therapy Center we only employ highly qualified therapists with extensive clinical experience. Our therapists are Certified Hand Therapists (CHT) or therapists who are actively pursuing the advanced certification.
We work closely with the referring physician and our patients in order to meet their therapy goals. We strive to ensure quality care with personal attention. We pride ourselves on in the individualized treatments our patients receive, which in turn allow for maximal recovery and returning to their meaningful lives as quickly as possible.
At Advanced Therapy Center we additionally specialize in rehabilitation following sports injuries that affect the hand upper extremity. Because of our expert skills, we have been recognized as a trustworthy facility to rehabilitate numerous professional athletes in various sports including: basketball, baseball, golf, hockey, tennis, surfing, boxing, and racecar driving. We are also the official hand clinic of the NBA Los Angeles Clippers.
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Our office is located in Torrance, California, centrally located between the two main South Bay Hospitals: Torrance Memorial Hospital and Little Company of Mary Hospital.
The local South Bay cities that can quickly access our facility include: El Segundo, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, Palos Verdes, Carson, San Pedro and Long Beach.
Patients needing hand therapy are willing to drive long distances to seek treatment at Advanced Therapy Center. We have patients that drive from several greater Los Angeles areas including the San Fernando Valley, Beverly Hills, San Bernardino and San Diego.
Prominent surgeons in the greater Los Angeles area refer to Advanced Therapy Center for their patient’s specialized hand and upper extremity needs. Hand and orthopedic surgeons from well-respected Los Angeles institutes including; UCLA, USC, UCI, Cedars Sinai, and Kerlan-Jobe trust Advanced Therapy Center with their complicated hand and upper extremity referrals.
Los Angeles Hand Therapy
Hand therapy refers to the rehabilitation of the upper extremity following an injury. Specifically, therapy focuses on the entire upper extremity, including the shoulder, elbow, forearm, wrist, hand/fingers and/or the thumb. Therapy can be for both non-operative conditions and post-surgical treatment.
LA Hand Therapists
A hand therapist is typically a physical therapist or occupational therapist that has accomplished specialization beyond their initial degree. A Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) has pursued advanced certification that requires: minimum of 5 years of clinical experience, minimum 4000 hours in direct hand therapy practice, and has successfully passed a comprehensive exam of advanced theory and clinical skills.
Types of Conditions and Diagnoses that are rehabilitated by Hand Therapists
Hand and upper extremity therapists rehabilitate numerous conditions/diagnoses that affect the arm ranging from the shoulder to the hand.
Non Surgical Conditions can include but are not limited to: carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, trigger fingers/thumbs, fractures, repetitive strain injuries, nerve compressions, cubital tunnel syndrome, rheumatoid/osteoarthritis, DeQuervains tenosynovitis, ligament and tendon injuries, thoracic outlet syndrome, frozen shoulder.
Surgical Conditions can include but are not limited to: fractures, dislocations, tumor/cysts removal, amputations, crush injuries, infections, dupuytren’s disease, tendon and nerve repairs, rotator cuff surgery.
Los Angeles Hand Therapy Scope of Practice
Hand therapy involves an individual evaluation to determine the most appropriate treatment and plan of care. Hand therapists customize each individual treatment plan while utilizing a variety of skilled techniques to optimize recovery after an injury.
Skilled Techniques: Hand therapy techniques can include but are not limited to: manual stretching, soft tissue mobilization, scar management, desensitization/sensory re-education, modalities such as ultrasound or electrical stimulation, pain and swelling reducing techniques, as well as education that could involve ergonomic training, work hardening, and/or joint protection principles.
Custom Splint/Orthoses: Hand therapists are also highly skilled at assessing the need for prefabricated splints, or the need for custom splint/orthosis fabrication in order to achieve the goal of maximal recovery. Hand therapists have obtained advance training in fabricating both static and dynamic splints/orthoses that are custom made to each individual’s hand or arm.