Hand Therapy Clinic

What is Hand Therapy?

Hand therapy focuses on rehabilitation of the hand and upper limb. Besides healing your hands, it can also involve treating the wrist, elbow, and shoulder girdle. Using a combination of physiotherapy and occupational therapy techniques, hand therapy helps overcome dysfunctions that limit abilities.

Our physiotherapists have a thorough understanding of the biomechanics of the hand and arm. This specialized knowledge helps them restore patients’ abilities, so with hand therapy, you can get over your hand injury or condition and get back to performing your regular daily activities.

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Hand therapy can be used to treat all types of conditions of the upper limb. This includes rehabilitation following surgeries, treating injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome, and reversing damage or managing pain from diseases like rheumatoid arthritis.

Other conditions that hand therapy can help with:


  • Improve your movement, function, and flexibility
  • Provide relief from pain
  • Improve your posture
  • Help prevent muscle and joint injuries
  • Help you fully recover from injuries faster

Your hand therapist will begin by speaking to you about your issues, symptoms, medical history, any physical limitations you are facing, and the goals for your treatment.

They may perform an exam that involves diagnostic tools like x-ray, ultrasound, or nerve conduction study. Next, they’ll work with you to create a custom treatment plan that fits your needs.

There is a wide range of services that can be included in your plan depending on your personal situation. For example, hand therapists may use a combination of:

  • Interferential current therapy (IFC) or TENS therapy
  • Orthopaedic manual physical therapy
  • Therapeutic exercises and stretches
  • Strengthening exercises
  • Injury-specific education
  • Joint protection education
  • Activity modification education
  • Custom splinting
  • Assistive devices such as compression sleeves or gloves
  • Pain management
  • Scar management
  • Sensory re-education

The time it takes to see results from hand therapy is different for every patient. It will depend on the type of condition and its severity. However, many patients see positive changes soon after starting treatment. Some of the changes you can look for include reduced pain, improved range of motion, and increased strength and abilities.

Cost and Coverage

Like most of our services, our hand therapy treatments are often covered by extended health insurance plans. This may include the coverage you may have through your employer, workers’ compensation, or your auto insurance. We can also provide our services at competitive rates. 

If you don’t have coverage or aren’t sure what it covers, give us a call at 905-593-7770 and we can help.

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Activa Clinics is the ideal place to get your hand therapy. One major benefit is our holistic approach. We have a large team of experienced and skilled healthcare providers who perform a wide range of treatments. These capabilities allow us to treat the whole person instead of just focusing on a particular symptom. This helps provide lasting results by enabling us to solve the root cause of your issues. 

Our hand therapy treatments are performed by certified physiotherapists and occupational therapists. They have specialized knowledge and training to handle all types of issues in the hand and arm.

Our Team Includes:

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If you’re looking for a hand therapy clinic near you, we can help. We have seven conveniently-located clinics in and around the GTA. They serve communities including Toronto, Brampton, Mississauga, Kitchener, Scarborough, and Hamilton.


Yes, your custom hand therapy treatment will also involve home exercises. The best treatments typically involve incorporating exercises into your daily routines. The home exercises should help facilitate faster healing and improved mobility. Of course, your therapist will also educate you about what activities to avoid.

On your first visit, you need to bring identification, preferably an ID with a picture, and your insurance card, if applicable. You may also present X-rays or MRIs of your injury, if they exist. If you had surgery on your hand, you might be asked to share the details of the operation.

When it comes to hand therapy for children, it’s vital for physiotherapists to take extra care in providing treatment, due to the still-developing musculoskeletal systems of kids. Hand therapy can help children a lot, especially those who suffered an injury or dealing with conditions or deformities.