Hand Physical Therapy Louisville, Evansville & Southern Indiana

Hand therapy is defined as the science and art of assessment and rehabilitation of the upper limbs.  

Experiencing pain or discomfort within your hand or wrist can make simple tasks and day-to-day life difficult. Whether it's caused by a sudden injury or overuse over time, physical therapy can be an excellent course of treatment for regaining strength and range of motion. The exercises and stretches that a physical therapist guides you through can help you achieve a pain free life. Beyond helping you heal and recover from a condition or injury, physical therapy gives you the knowledge and training to help prevent any further injury or worsening conditions. It can change your life and help you get back to being active. 

Common Causes of Hand and Wrist Pain

A variety of conditions can cause pain within the hand or wrist such as arthritis or carpal tunnel syndrome. Often sports that require repetitive wrist or hand motions such as tennis or baseball can result in stress on the wrist and hands which can lead to pain or more serious injuries. This can also occur with patients who have jobs that require repetitive hand motion such as typing or painting. Additionally, wrist and hand pain is often the result of a sudden injury like a fall that can sprain the muscles or cause bruising. If the injury is serious it can even cause a fracture which can sometimes be difficult to diagnose in the hand and wrist. 

Exercises for Hand/Wrist Pain 

Whatever the cause of your hand or wrist pain, a physical therapist can give you exercises and stretches to help heal and strengthen your hand. Simple hand motions such as practicing a thumbs up or squeezing a ball can help with mobility and building strength after an injury. With a physical therapist, they can guide you through more complicated exercises like resistance training for better strength and range of motion. 

When to Get Physical Therapy Treatment 

While some hand or wrist injuries can be healed with rest and ice, if the pain is persistent or there is swelling or loss of mobility, it is important to seek out medical care. Physical therapy can be helpful in both the diagnosing and treatment of any hand or wrist problems. Whether you are recently injured, looking for post surgery rehabilitation, or wanting to improve your strength or mobility, Prorehab can help.

ProRehab's Certified Hand Therapists (CHT) have a minimum of five years of advanced clinical skills and therapy, including over 4,000 hours in hand therapy practice, and also have passed a comprehensive test in advanced clinical skills. The CHT credential offers assurance that our therapists have achieved the highest level of competency and maintain their CHT credential through extensive recertification.

Hand therapy is available at our Bowling Green, Evansville – East, Evansville – West, Haubstadt, IN, Louisville, KY - Highlands, and Vincennes, IN locations

Hand Therapy works to relieve pain in the hands, wrist, or shoulder due to:

  • Traumatic injuries
  • Fractures & dislocations
  • Sports injuries
  • Tennis elbow/lateral epicondylitis
  • RTC tendonitis
  • Arthritis
  • Carpal & cubital tunnel, thoracic outlet syndrome, & other nerve entrapment disorders
  • Amputations
  • Burns
  • Wounds
  • Tendon & nerve injuries
  • Dupuytren’s contracture
  • Complex regional pain syndrome/RSD
  • Shoulder, elbow, wrist & hand pain
  • Postoperative care of shoulder arthroscopy

Watch this video to learn more about Certified Hand Therapy at ProRehab:

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We offer complimentary screens at all ProRehab locations. If you’ve been dealing with a nagging injury or persistent pain, don’t wait any longer.

Meet Our Certified Hand Therapy Specialists:

Julie Buedel OTR/L, CHT
Julie Buedel OTR/L, CHT
Grant Hasenour OTD, OTR, CHT, CWCE
Grant Hasenour OTD, OTR, CHT, CWCE
Jenna Thacker MSOT, OTR/L, CHT
Jenna Thacker MSOT, OTR/L, CHT
Mary Cecil PT, CHT
Mary Cecil PT, CHT
Kristy Kruger MSOT, OTR/L, CHT
Kristy Kruger MSOT, OTR/L, CHT
Stacey Turner OTR/L, CHT
Stacey Turner OTR/L, CHT
Jill Crick OTD, OTR/L, CHT
Jill Crick OTD, OTR/L, CHT
Amy Spilman OT, CHT
Amy Spilman OT, CHT


Our therapists custom fit hand, elbow and shoulder orthotics that can be remolded as your condition changes. Individual treatment plans can include a combination of wound care, range of motion and strengthening exercises, edema management, scar and soft tissue massage, arthritis management, sensory re-education, joint protection principles and more.

Ready to reclaim your life? ProRehab is here to help.

Here’s what some of our patients had to say

Thank you so much! I love you guys and the care I received!

five stars Zoe ProRehab PT Patient

After just 4 visits…I feel like a brand new person. Before, I could barely walk for 15 minutes without my back screaming in pain. Now I’m zooming through therapy and going on walks at home.

five stars Christy F. ProRehab PT Patient

Wonderful staff, very helpful, competent and professional. They listen to what I say and are working with me to meet my goal.

five stars Barbara E. ProRehab PT Patient

Amazing service. They have gone out of their way to call and follow up with me while doing my at-home exercises. Highly recommend.

five stars Josh F. ProRehab PT Patient

I couldn’t have wished for a better place to go for my knee replacement therapy! They know what they are doing to get you back in the swing of things so you can go on with your life!

five stars Gene O. ProRehab PT Patient

Fix Hand Pain with PT

June 1, 2020

Hand Therapy Week is celebrated the first week in June each year. This is a time that hand therapists like to bring awareness to their specialty as a way to educate the public on injury prevention. Given the current pandemic, I would like to share some tips on posture awareness when working from home. This…

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The Cost of Physical Therapy

January 12, 2018

In today’s world of high deductibles and costly doctor’s visits, it can seem daunting to dip into your pocket for care, especially when you don’t know what to expect. In fact, one of the most common questions we receive from patients is, “How much does PT cost?”

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ProRehab Physical Therapy Announces Addition of Certified Hand Therapists

September 27, 2016

ProRehab Physical Therapy (PRPT) is pleased to announce the addition of Hand Therapists Mary Cecil, PT, CHT, and Toby Cross, MOT, OTR/L to their staff. Both will provide specialized hand therapy to patients with injuries to or dysfunction of the hand, wrist, elbow, or shoulder from the group’s Middletown and Highlands locations. This is important because early and…

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