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CONNECTICUT ORTHOPAEDIC HAND PROGRAM

At the Hand Therapy Center at CT Orthopaedic Specialists we specialize in providing therapeutic treatment and rehabilitation to restore optimal upper extremity function. Expert individualize treatment is essential following injury, illness or trauma.

Our scope of treatment includes the shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand injuries. Injuries treated can be sudden in nature, such as a laceration or fracture, gradual onset of symptoms, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, or a chronic condition, such as arthritis. We treat all ages from pediatrics to geriatrics, as well as the non athlete, recreational or professional athlete.

Utilizing our expertise we will work with you in reaching your optimal level of function in work, recreation and leisure.

What is Hand Therapy?

Hand Therapy is a specialty that has evolved from both the occupational therapy (OT) and physical therapy (PT) professions. The blending of OT and PT has created a specialty that provides quality rehabilitation of the hand and arm. Therapists must meet education and experience requirements to become Certified Hand Therapists through the Hand Therapy Certification Commission.

What to Expect?

Treatment goals are established for each patient based on his/her individual needs. Upon your visit an initial evaluation is performed to identify problem areas and to set goals with you in order to restore your maximal function. A treatment plan is determined in order to select the techniques that will be used in supervised therapy and during independent therapy sessions at home.

Therapists also provide patient education in order to maximize the use of the affected extremity. Education on disease process, healing process and rationale for prescribed therapy techniques.

What Types of Clinical Services are Offerred?


STAR Occupational Therapists  are some of the few certified Hand Therapists in the State. We provide comprehensive upper extremity rehabilitation services designed to ensure optimal restoration of function.  Its staff has the specialized training and clinical expertise to devise individualized evaluations and treatment programs for a wide range of acute, post-surgical and chronic conditions involving your hand, wrist and elbow and shoulder.

You may schedule an appointment at one of our STAR locations.

Our Orthopaedic Hand Specialist:

Our Hand Therapists:

Pictured from left to right:
Kristin Peters RPT, CHT; Susan Levy OTR/L, CHT;
Kristen Heon OTR/L, CHT; Melissa Jurgen OTR/L, CHT

Quick Tips:

"If you are experiencing chronic hand arthritis pain,
try paraffin wax dips to sooth aching joints"

"If you wear a tennis elbow strap and it increases your pain…
it may not be tennis elbow."

"If you wake up in the middle of the night and your hands are numb and tingly…
and you can’t shake it off, you may benefit from wrist splinting"

"If your fingers locks at night,
gently tape over your knuckle while sleeping to keep it straight"