Hand Therapy

Certified hand therapists (CHTs) and occupational therapists can help make daily activities easier.


What Is Hand Therapy?

Hand therapy is a specialized type of physical therapy or occupational therapy focused on any part of the upper extremities, including the shoulders, elbows, wrists, hands or fingers.

Hand therapy can help you maintain, improve or regain the function of your hands and arms – from buttoning a shirt to typing and other daily tasks. Hand therapists provide preventive care, rehabilitation after surgery, nonsurgical care and advice.

Hand Therapy: What to Expect

An Aurora hand therapist will work with you one-on-one to evaluate your needs and identify your goals.

Your hand therapy might include:

  • Using tape or custom orthotics (support splints or braces)
  • Learning techniques to manage swelling and tenderness
  • Doing strengthening exercises
  • Learning about wound and scar care
  • Learning how to conserve energy and protect your joints
  • Using devices or equipment to improve function

Your doctor and therapist will recommend a customized treatment plan, including how often you should go to therapy. Most people see the hand therapist once or twice a week for about 45 minutes to 1 hour per session.

The Aurora Difference

Specialized Hand Therapy Expertise

Problems with the upper extremities – hands, wrists, elbows and shoulders – are challenging. Hand therapists can help, thanks to their advanced study and experience in improving the function of the fingers, hands and arms.

Our hand therapists have completed advanced training in physical therapy or occupational therapy. Certified hand therapists (CHTs) have thousands of hours of additional, specialized experience in upper extremity rehabilitation.

Read more about our treatments for elbow, wrist and hand pain.

Integrated Occupational Therapy Treatments

Our hand therapists are part of a dedicated team of orthopedic physical therapists, including occupational therapists. Together, therapists work with your doctors and surgeons to create a personalized treatment and rehabilitation plan. Thanks to this level of coordinated care, you’ll be well on your way to performing daily activities with ease.

Occupational therapy helps you regain the ability to do the things that matter to you. Learn more about occupational therapy at Aurora.

Convenient Locations

You can find convenient care to restore the function of your hand, wrist or elbow with hand therapy. Our hand therapists work at dozens of physical therapy clinics across eastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois.

Our Locations

Locations Offering Hand Therapy

Fond du Lac County
210 Wisconsin American Drive
Hwy. 23 East
Fond du Lac, WI 54935
Kenosha County
7610 Pershing Blvd.
Kenosha, WI 53142
Milwaukee County
Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center
Health Science 1, Suite 500
2901 W. Kinnickinnic River Pkwy.
Milwaukee, WI 53215
Aurora Sinai Medical Center
945 N. 12th St., 4th floor
Milwaukee, WI 53233
2000 E. Layton Ave., Suite 160
St. Francis, WI 53235
Aurora Aurora St. Luke's South Shore
5900 S. Lake Dr.
Cudahy, WI 53110
Aurora West Allis Medical Center
8901 W. Lincoln Ave.
West Allis, WI 53227
4111 W. Mitchell St., Suite 300
Milwaukee, WI 53215
1575 N. RiverCenter Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53212
3003 W. Good Hope Rd.
Milwaukee, WI 53209
7878 N. 76th St.
Milwaukee, WI 53223
Ozaukee County
Aurora Medical Center - Grafton
975 N. Port Washington Road
Grafton, WI 53024
215 W. Washington St.
Grafton, WI 53204
12203 N. Corporate Pkwy.
Mequon, WI 53092
Racine County
709 Spring Valley Road
Burlington, WI 53105
7300 Washington Avenue
Racine, WI 53406
Walworth County
W3985 County Road NN
Elkhorn, WI 53121
830 East Geneva Street
Delavan, WI 53115
146 East Geneva Square
Lake Geneva, WI 53147
Washington County
Aurora Health Center
1640 E. Sumner St.
Hartford, WI 53027
1100 Gateway Ct.
West Bend, WI 53095
Waukesha County
St. Luke's New Berlin Health Care Center
14555 W. National Ave., Suite 195
New Berlin, WI 53151
Aurora Health Center
W231 N1440 Corporate Ct.
Waukesha, WI 53186
Winnebago County
Aurora Medical Center
855 N. Westhaven Drive
Oshkosh, WI 54904

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