Hand Therapy Program

Injuries to the hand and upper extremities can be complex, involving bone, tendon, nerve and/or skin. Recovery is equally dependent upon expert physician care and early, appropriate therapy.

The goal of treatment is to help patients regain full hand and upper extremity function for daily activities.

Experienced staff

Hand therapists are occupational and physical therapists who are highly experienced in treating problems of the upper extremity. Because of their high degree of specialization, continuing education and most often advanced certification, hand therapists are able to focus their expertise on patients requiring intensive hand therapy.

A hand therapist works with the patient to provide a continuum of care often starting within days of the injury or surgery right through to the patient's return to work and/or a productive lifestyle.

Individualized treatment

We provide care for patients with the following conditions:

  • Cumulative trauma
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Tendonitis and trigger finger
  • Arthritis
  • Surgical and non-surgical fractures
  • Tendon lacerations
  • Burns
  • Wrist and elbow injuries
  • Nerve injuries
  • Amputations
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Reflex sympathetic dystrophy

Comprehensive careprovided

A qualified hand therapist can identify unique problems of the upper extremities and can effectively treat and rehabilitate patients through such methods as:

Postoperative rehabilitation

  • Management of open or sutured wounds to aid healing
  • Control of hypertrophic (raised and/or swollen) or hypersensitive scars
  • Reduction of swelling


  • Allows hand to heal in proper position
  • Prevents further injury until hand regains strength
  • To prevent or correct deformity


  • Management of acute or chronic pain
  • Desensitization following nerve injury or trauma
  • Sensory re-education after nerve injury
  • Design and implementation of exercise programs to increase motion dexterity and/or strength
  • Training in the performance of daily life skills through adapted methods
  • Conditioning prior to returning to work

Industry consultation

Hand therapists also can work as consultants with employers to establish programs for workers at risk of developing cumulative trauma disorders. Our therapists can recommend modifications of work stations and alternative work methods to help ensure healthy work styles.

Locations that offer this service

Fond du Lac County

Aurora Health Center
210 Wisconsin American Drive
Hwy. 23 East
Fond du Lac, WI 54935
(920) 907-7000

Kenosha County

Aurora Medical Center in Kenosha
7610 Pershing Blvd.
Kenosha, WI 53142
(262) 948-7045

Milwaukee County

Aurora Rehabilitation Center
Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center
Health Science 1, Suite 500
2901 W. Kinnickinnic River Pkwy.
Milwaukee, WI 53215
(414) 649-3250

Aurora Rehabilitation Center
Aurora Sinai Medical Center
945 N. 12th St., 4th floor
Milwaukee, WI 53233
(414) 219-5241

Aurora Rehabilitation Center
2000 E. Layton Ave., Suite 160
St. Francis, WI 53235
(414) 747-8400

Aurora Rehabilitation Center
Aurora Aurora St. Luke's South Shore
5900 S. Lake Dr.
Cudahy, WI 53110
(414) 489-4072

Aurora Rehabilitation Center
Aurora West Allis Medical Center
8901 W. Lincoln Ave.
West Allis, WI 53227
(414) 328-6640

Outpatient Neuro Rehabilitation Program
Aurora West Allis Medical Center
8901 W. Lincoln Ave.
West Allis, WI 53227
(414) 328-6630

Aurora Rehabilitation Center
4111 W. Mitchell St., Suite 300
Milwaukee, WI 53215
(414) 643-3860

Aurora Rehabilitation Center
9200 W. Loomis Road, Suite 107
Franklin, WI 53132
(414) 529-9128

Aurora Rehabilitation Center
1575 N. RiverCenter Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53212
(414) 224-6424

Aurora Advanced Healthcare
3003 W. Good Hope Rd.
Milwaukee, WI 53209
(414) 247-4702

Aurora Advanced Healthcare
7878 N. 76th St.
Milwaukee, WI 53223
(414) 586-5760

Ozaukee County

Aurora Rehabilitation Center/Aurora Sports Medicine Institute
Aurora Medical Center Grafton
975 N. Port Washington Road
Grafton, WI 53024
(262) 329-2700

Aurora Advanced Healthcare
215 W. Washington St.
Grafton, WI 53204
(262) 376-6030

Aurora Advanced Healthcare
12203 N. Corporate Pkwy.
Mequon, WI 53092
(262) 387-8500

Racine County

Aurora Wellness Center Burlington
300 McCanna Parkway
Burlington, WI 53105
(262) 767-7120

Racine Razor Sharp Fitness Center
7300 Washington Avenue
Racine, WI 53406
(262) 321-6000

Walworth County

Aurora Lakeland Medical Center
W3985 County Road NN
Elkhorn, WI 53121

Aurora Rehabilitation Center in Delavan
830 East Geneva Street
Delavan, WI 53115
(262) 728-9164

Aurora Rehabilitation Center in Lake Geneva
146 East Geneva Square
Lake Geneva, WI 53147
(262) 249-4670

Washington County

Aurora Rehabilitation Center
Aurora Health Center
1640 E. Sumner St.
Hartford, WI 53027
(262) 670-4300

Aurora Rehabilitation Center/Aurora Sports Medicine Institute
1100 Gateway Ct.
West Bend, WI 53095
(262) 306-6100

Waukesha County

Aurora Rehabilitation Center
St. Luke's New Berlin Health Care Center
14555 W. National Ave., Suite 195
New Berlin, WI 53151
(262) 827-2929

Aurora Sports Medicine Institute/Aurora Sports Medicine Institute
Aurora Medical Center in Summit
36500 Aurora Dr.
Summit, WI 53066
(262) 434-2600

Aurora Rehabilitation Center
Aurora Health Center
W231 N1440 Corporate Ct.
Waukesha, WI 53186
(262) 896-6045

Winnebago County

Aurora Rehabilitation Center
Aurora Medical Center
855 N. Westhaven Drive
Oshkosh, WI 54904
(920) 456-7100