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Ask The Expert – Meghann Cassibo, OTR/L

Q: I have been experiencing hand pain, numbness, and/or weakness. Is there anything that I can do to help?

A: Hand pain, numbness, and/or weakness can occur for a number of different reasons. It could be related to a recent injury including overuse or it could be the cause of arthritis. It is important to have a conversation with your medical provider regarding the cause and severity of the pain, numbness, and/or weakness. Individuals who experience pain often report decreased grip strength, decreased range of motion, difficulty sustaining a grasp on objects, and decreased functioning in their abilities to complete daily tasks, such as dressing, cooking, or the skills needed for their job.

Occupational therapists help to facilitate the skills required for everyday living. A detailed evaluation is completed in order to assess your ability to perform your activities of daily living, range of motion, strength, sensation, and dexterity. Following the assessment, occupational therapists can formulate a specific exercise regimen that can help to reduce your hand pain, improve sensation, and increase strength. Occupational therapists can also provide orthotic fabrication and/or recommendations. These conservative methods of treatment can be incorporated into your daily life to allow you to participate in the activities that are the most important to you.

At Rainy Lake Medical Center, we treat the following most common forms of hand conditions:

  • Weakness
  • Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Tendonitis
  • Surgical repairs of tendons and nerves
  • Fractures of hand or arm
  • Lacerations and amputations
  • Burns

If you feel as though you would benefit from occupational therapy services, please contact your medical provider to determine if a referral would be appropriate. You can also contact the Therapy and Wellness Department at 218-283-5420 with any questions.


For more information on how our Therapy & Wellness team can assist your family please call: 218.283.5420


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