Hand therapy at The George Washington University Hospital addresses injuries and conditions of the hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder. Treatment often begins within days of an injury or surgery and continues until the patient is able to return to work and a productive lifestyle.

To contact the Outpatient Rehabilitation Center, please call 202-715-5655.

Conditions that Benefit from Occupational Therapy:

  • Hand, wrist, or arm dysfunction
  • Post surgical rehabilitation
  • Traumatic injuries
  • Fractures and dislocations
  • Sports injuries
  • Tennis elbow and other types of tendonitis
  • Tendon and nerve injuries
  • Carpal tunnel, cubital tunnel, thoracic outlet syndrome and other nerve entrapment disorders
  • Repetitive motion syndromes
  • Amputations
  • Burns and frostbite
  • Arthritis
  • Dupuytren's contracture
  • Complex regional pain syndrome / RSD

Services Offered:

  • Control of swelling
  • Most heat and cold therapies
  • Ultrasound, iontophoresis and electrical stimulations
  • Scar and soft tissue massage
  • Desensitization and sensory re-education
  • Customized splint fabrication
  • Joint protection principles
  • Range of motion exercises
  • Neuromuscular re-educations
  • Strengthening of muscles to improve fine/gross motor co-ordination
  • Training with orthotic and prosthetic devices
  • Ergonomic assessments
  • Pain management
  • Training in life skills (e.g. dressing, bathing)
  • Home exercise program