Brushing your teeth. Texting a friend. Making a pot of coffee. Your hands are on the go all day long, which makes arthritis-related hand pain all the more devastating. Hand therapy can help when pain or disfigurement from arthritis interferes with your life.

Certified hand therapists are physical and occupational therapists who specialize in helping people maintain use of their hands. These therapists teach strategies that help patients develop ways to preserve joints, minimize pain, and become more efficient with their hand motion.

In addition, hand therapy can help preserve your hand strength and increase your range of motion — so day-to-day tasks are easier to manage.

Dwight Heller is an occupational therapist and certified hand therapist at UPMC Susquehanna. Read his blog post on how it can help those with joint pain.

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About UPMC Susquehanna

UPMC in north central Pa. brings together five state-of-the-art hospitals and more than 600 top doctors and specialists, all with one goal: keeping you and your family well.

Wherever you seek care with us, you’ll find a compassionate team that puts your needs first. It starts with our primary care physicians, here to listen and lean on for your everyday health. For more specialized care, many of our programs have earned national recognition for quality and safety. From breast health to heart health, relieving joint pain to conquering cancer, you can count on our expertise when you need it.

And we’re committed to bringing all the latest technologies right to our north central Pa. communities. It’s tomorrow’s health care, for your healthiest life now.

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