Hand Therapy

Occupational Therapy (Hand and Arm Therapy)

Gaspar Physical Therapy’s certified therapist is an expert in the art and science of the evaluation and treatment of dysfunctions of the arm, forearm, and hand. We care for people of all ages and treat a variety of muscle and joint conditions.

Conditions we have successfully treated:

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Arthritis
  • Fractures
  • Joint Reconstruction
  • Soft Tissue Surgery
  • Ligament/Nerve Repair
  • Nerve Decompression
  • Wound Care
  • Scar Revisions
  • Tendon Repairs/Transfer

Why choose a Certified Hand Therapist?

If you lose function of your hand, the effects can be devastating. You want the best rehabilitation specialist possible to help assure maximal recovery. Because of the intricate hand anatomy and technical complexity of hand surgery, hand surgeons will only refer to a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT). CHTs have specialized knowledge about post-surgical protocols and custom splinting techniques.

Components of Your Care:

  • A thorough biomechanical evaluation
  • Extensive patient education
  • Ergonomic advice/activity modification
  • Effective joint mobilization techniques to decrease stiffness
  • Gentile wound care
  • Pain relieving modalities such as ice, heat, ultrasound or electrical stimulation
  • Scar mobilization
  • Custom splinting/bracing

Julie C. Turner, OT/L CHT, Certified Hand Therapist

Our hand therapist, Julie C. Turner, OT/L CHT has become very popular with her patients, is “in-network” with most insurances, and is almost always able to see new patients within a week of calling for an appointment.

Check Your Insurance

Please call our Carlsbad office, (760) 634-9750, to schedule an appointment if you require the skills of a certified hand therapist. Please let them know if your case requires immediate attention, such as post-operative hand therapy.

If we are unable to provide you an appointment within a time period that suits your needs, we can recommend other local therapists with expertise in treating patients with hand disorders who may have a shorter waiting time (see list below).

We recommend that you call your insurance company to determine whether your hand therapist accepts your insurance and is an in-network provider. Gaspar Physical Therapy will also call the insurance company on your behalf if you are considering treatment at Gaspar Physical Therapy.

Grasp Hand Therapy Carlsbad

Laura Green, PRN Encinitas

Doctor James Dagostino, DPT (Doctors of Physical Therapy, Oceanside)

Scripps Hospital (Encinitas)

Bryan Schmidt, PT, CHT (La Jolla)