In our daily lives, it’s easy to ignore a little pain or discomfort here and there, even when it’s in a part of our body that we use a lot. It could be a stiff shoulder, a sore leg, even a sore arm. But while some ailments can go away with rest or basic pain relief tools, it’s important to know when more help may be needed.
With that in mind, we spoke with occupational therapists Carolyn Paulson and Ava McKee about what conditions can be improved with manual therapy. Our conversation on this episode of the For Health podcast included:
- Symptoms that should be evaluated by a hand therapist
- Goals and benefits of hand therapy
- What does hand therapy involve?
Relief is available
If you notice pain, stiffness, weakness, or other symptoms in your hands that do not improve with rest or interfere with daily activities, make an appointment with primary care. Your doctor can do an initial assessment and refer you to a specialist if necessary.