Hand Therapy | Stoughton, MA
Hand Therapy - Stoughton
Hand Therapy provides individually designed programs for patients with injuries and/or medical conditions of the elbow, wrist and hand. At Elite we offer Hand Therapy treatment by a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT). A CHT is a credential that offers assurance to the public that the therapist has achieved the highest level of competency in the profession and stays up to date with practice within the field. CHT’s must remain knowledgeable about advanced surgical technique and post-operative therapy programs and must remain current with changes in hand therapy practice. Every CHT is required to demonstrate continued professional development and competency by re-certifying every 5 years.
Elite's Occupational Therapist and Certified Hand Therapist
Jessica Cesario graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1996 where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy. She has been practicing for nearly 20 years, specializing in rehabilitation of the elbow, wrist and hand for the last 10 years. She participated in advanced professional study of Hand and Upper Extremity Rehabilitation at Tufts University and became a Certified Hand Therapist in 2010. She is experienced in custom splinting and treating various upper extremity conditions including fractures, sprains and strains, arthritis, tendonitis, tendon injuries and work related injuries.
Hand Therapy Services
- ADL/Self Care Training
- Adaptive Equipment/Assistive Device Training
- Body Mechanics and Injury Prevention
- Custom Thermoplastic Orthosis Fabrication
- Edema Management
- Functional Therapeutic Activity
- Joint Protection and Activity Modification
- Modalities- Ultrasound, Electrical Stimulation, TENS, Heat, Ice
- Neuromuscular Re-Education
- Pain Management
- Post- Operative Wound Care
- Scar Management and Desensitization
- Soft Tissue Mobilization
- Therapeutic Exercise
- Work Simulation
Return to the activities you love!
Some of the diagnoses or conditions treated include:
- Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome
- Cysts and Tumors
- Ligamentous Injury and Instability
- Nerve Compression Neuropathy
- Sports Injuries of the Upper Extremity
- Work Related Injuries
- Crush Injuries
- Digit/Hand Replantation
- Dupuytren’s Disease
- Muscle Strains
- Nerve Repair
- Tendon Repairs and Tendon Transfers
- Thermal Injuries (burns, frostbite)
- Wounds and surgical scars
Frequently Asked Questions
1. How do I go about scheduling an appointment for Hand Therapy
First, you must obtain a prescription for Occupational Therapy from your physician or surgeon. Once you have the prescription, please contact us at (781)297-0979 option 1 to schedule an initial evaluation with our Certified Hand Therapist. You will need you insurance information when you call to schedule your initial evaluation. If you have a Worker’s Compensation case you will need to provide the claim number, date of injury and adjuster’s information. If your case is a motor vehicle claim you will need to provide the date of injury and claim number.
2. What should I bring to my Initial Evaluation
Please bring your license and photo ID, insurance card(s) and your prescription for Occupational Therapy and a list of current medications and dosage. In addition, if you had surgery and your physician provided you with any specific post-operative orders, please bring that information as well.
3. What should I expect at the initial evaluation?
Your therapist will discuss medical history, current medications and diagnostic testing that has been performed related to your condition. Also, current complaints and functional limitations will be discussed. The therapist will perform objective measurements, goals will be discussed and the plan of care will be reviewed.
4. How should I dress for Hand Therapy?
Wear comfortable, loose fitting clothes so that area being evaluated /treated is easily exposed.
5. How long will individual sessions be?
Typically, each session can range from 30-60 minutes. You can expect the initial evaluation to be 45-60 minutes.
6. How many sessions should I expect to need?
The number of Hand Therapy sessions in a given episode of care is highly variable and can range from one visit to several months. The duration of treatment depends on many factors including the nature or your injury and/or surgery, related healing times, medical necessity of your treatment, specific orders from your referring physician and the time it takes you to meet the functional goals established in the plan of care. In addition, different insurance providers offer different benefits for Occupational Therapy services which may influence the duration of your treatment. Your therapist will perform a re-assessment monthly and when a patient is scheduled to follow up with the referring physician we will provide a progress report for you to bring to your appointment.
7. Who will provide treatment during my Hand Therapy sessions?
Hand Therapy treatment for elbow , wrist and hand conditions is provided by a Certified Hand Therapist .
8. What can I expect at time of discharge from Hand Therapy?
The goal for our patient’s is to return to the highest level of function possible and to transition to an independent home exercise program or gym program if appropriate. Many of our patients choose to continue coming to Elite as a Fitness Center member, working on their own or with a Personal Trainer.
Accepted Health Insurances
Both of our physical therapy centers accept most major health insurance plans including:
- Harvard Pilgrim
- Auto Workers Compensation
- United Health Care
- Blue Cross Blue Shield
- Neighborhood Health
If you do not see your insurance listed above, Elite will provide a Complimentary Benefits Check for you. Please contact reception at 781-297-0979 and press 1 for our office.