We’ll Give You a Helping Hand
Conditions or injuries that impact your hands and wrists can have a significant impact on your quality of life. Our team of therapists will work to improve function, reduce pain, get your digits back to being digits.
Hand & Wrist Pain Therapy
Located in Manhattan’s Union Square, NYC
How We Help
Technological advancements have greatly increased our productivity. Unfortunately, as much can be said for their influence on hand and wrist injuries.
Awareness of overuse is key to avoiding tendinitis while you’re scrolling through your phone or using your computer.
Our therapists are equipped to ensure proper and pain-free mobility of hand, wrist, and finger joints, regardless if your pain came from a fall on an uneven New York City sidewalk or from perfecting your selfie skills.
While no injury background is the same, our focus on biomechanical efficiency improves range of motion and stability. If you do not see your specific problem, please feel free to get in touch with us.
Who We Help
Hand and wrist pain is not isolated to a single age group or occupation. If you’re texting, you are part of the group likely to experience it at some point.
Our team helps with:
- Fractures: Traumatic & Stress
- Ligament Tear
- Muscle Tear or Strain
- Myofascial Pain Syndrome
- Nerve Entrapment
- Post-Surgical Reconstruction
- Repetitive Strain Injury
- Sport Technique Rehabilitation
Addressing & Treating Hand & Wrist Pain
Hand and wrist pain is often a result of repetitive stresses, such as texting or typing non-stop, though obvious factors (such as a broken hand or arthritis) are of course at work as well. Due to the importance of your hands and wrists in today’s modern society, we take extra care in understanding the root cause of your pain in addition to the symptoms they present.
Our talented therapists treat hand and wrist arthritis with manual therapy, which relieve pain and increase the patient’s range of motion. Alongside, manual therapy we will design an exercise program to increase the patient’s strength and mobility.
At James Fowler PT we start wrist patients with heat and ice, followed by electrotherapy. After the electrotherapy, we build a custom exercise plan to aid the recovery and build strength and flexibility. Part of the treatment plan is modifying the patients daily activities to relieve stress on the hand or wrist and aid healing.
Dislocation & Instability
When we treat a wrist or hand dislocation we use hot and cold therapy, ultrasound therapy. Soft tissue massage and strengthening. If necessary we will fit the patient with a brace.
Fractures (Traumatic & Stress)
Wrist fractures have different levels of severity and have different time tables for physical therapy treatment. We typically treat wrist fractures 6 weeks after surgery and work to restore the patient’s range of motion and regain strength through a series of wrist exercises and strengthening movement supervised by one of our physical therapists.
Ligament tears in your hand or wrist can be very debilitating and frustrating injuries. Tearing a ligament in your wrist or hand we advise patients to rest the injury and to use hot and cold treatments initially. After the wrist had healed enough we will add a strengthening program to return the injured wrist or had to its original strength and flexibility.
Muscle Tear & Strain
When working to heal heal muscle tears or strains in the wrist or hand its extremely important to avoid any activities that add further stress to the injured muscle and to treat the muscle with ice and heat in a rotating fashion to help stimulate rehab of the muscle.
Myofascial Pain Syndrome
Treating myofascial pain syndrome in the wrist starts with resting and avoiding activation of the injured or painful muscles followed ice and heat therapy. In most cases massage of the injured muscle in the wrist or hand can provide pain relief. Once the pain has subsided we will work to build back up the muscles that havent been used through a series of wrist/hand exercises prescribed by the physical therapist.
Nerve entrapment in the hand or wrist is often caused by repetitively applying strain. It when treating nerve entrapment its important to evaluate the patient’s occupation and or extra curricular activities to find the root of the injury and prevent further injury to the nerve in the hand or wrist. Given the particular injury we will provide a customized treatment plan to return the patient to a pain free state and work with the patient to avoid the injury recurring.
Post surgical therapy is extremely important to rehabbing the injured hand or wrist. In the early stages of treatment we recommend keeping the hand or wrist elevated and intermittent ice and heat therapy. Once it’s safe to begin strengthening we will begin to regain the range in the fingers and hand to avoid stiffness and increase strength.
Repetitive Strain Injury
Our therapists at JFPT treat repetitive strain injuries at the root of the problem and up. It’s important to first understand where the problem started and work with the patient to find an alternative way to complete a task without causing stress to the injured wrist of hand. We will also use manual and hot and cold therapies to aid the healing process.
Sports Technique Rehabilitation
When addressing wrist and hand pain under the sports technique rehabilitation umbrella it’s important to set goals with the patient and rebuild the strength and neurological conditioning prior to returning to competitive sports.
Pain management is the first step in treating wrist tendinitis at JFPT. We work with the patient to design a treatment plan to lower pain levels while also providing manual therapy on the injured wrist or hand and accompanied by strengthening and range of motion exercises.
Our Space: Dedicated to Effective Therapy & Comfort
We have been in our Union Square location for over 16 years and are proud of the reputation we have earned all over NYC. Our treatment space is located in Lower Manhattan, a block North of Union Square.
Meet Our Therapists
Our dedicated and experienced team of therapists and paramedical support staff are what empower us to help our patients.
Well-trained, experienced, and motivated to help you feel better, you can count on our team of physical therapists and massage therapists to help you move and feel better.
Get in Touch
James Fowler Physical Therapy is located in Union Square at 873 Broadway, between 18th and 19th street. (To buzz into building dial 012).
Monday - Friday: 7:30 am - 7 pm