Hand Therapy for Ganglion Cysts

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Dr. Nekita Sullivan
December 21, 2023
Hand Therapy for Ganglion Cysts

Hand Therapy for Ganglion Cysts

Hand therapy is a specialized area of rehabilitation that focuses on the evaluation and treatment of conditions affecting the hands, wrists, and arms. It is typically provided by physical therapists who have received additional training and certification in hand therapy and occupational therapists. The goal of hand therapy is to improve the function, mobility, and strength of the hand and arm, allowing individuals to perform daily activities and tasks with greater ease. Ganglion cysts are the most common mass or lump in the hand. They are not cancerous and, in most cases, are harmless. They occur in many locations, but most often develop on the back of the wrist. A ganglion cyst is a noncancerous lump filled with fluid. While hand therapy alone may not eliminate a ganglion cyst, it can help manage symptoms and improve hand function. Here are some general hand therapy approaches that may be recommended:

·        Immobilization: Your doctor may suggest wearing a splint or brace to immobilize the affected hand or wrist. This can help reduce movement in the joint and alleviate pain.

·        Heat and Ice Therapy: Alternating between heat and ice applications can help manage pain and reduce inflammation. Heat can improve blood circulation, while ice can help numb the area and reduce swelling.

·        Range of Motion Exercises: Gentle exercises to maintain or improve the range of motion in the affected joint may be beneficial. These exercises should be done under the guidance of a qualified therapist.

·        Strengthening Exercises: Strengthening the muscles around the affected joint can help provide better support and stability. Again, it's essential to perform these exercises under the supervision of a qualified therapist.

·        Massage: Soft tissue massage around the cyst may help reduce tension and improve circulation. However, it's crucial to avoid direct pressure on the cyst itself.

Remember, these are general suggestions, and the effectiveness of hand therapy for a ganglion cyst can vary from person to person. It's essential to consult with a healthcare professional, preferably a hand specialist or physical therapist, to determine the most appropriate course of action based on your individual condition. In some cases, medical interventions such as aspiration (draining the cyst with a needle) or surgical removal may be considered. Always follow the advice of your healthcare provider for your specific situation.

Dr. Nekita Sullivan is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and certified hand therapist. She has 20 plus years of experience. Yoga Therapy Bar is proud to offer hand therapy services in downtown Clemson, virtually, and off-site to Upstate residents of Clemson, Central, Liberty, Easley, Pendleton, Anderson, Seneca, Walhalla, Westminster, and Salem. Physical Therapy services are 1 hour in duration one-on-one.  Pricing options include a flat fee for one treatment or a package fee for multiple treatments.  No referral is needed.  There are no insurance limitations.  Appointments are available the same week. Email Dr. Nekita Sullivan at info@yogatherapybar.com for details. You can also check us out on the web at www.yogatherapybar.com and on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Linked In. #physicaltherapyClemson #handtherapyClemson #clemsonphysicaltherapy#clemsonyoga #yogaclemsonsc #Pilatesclemson #yogaphysicaltherapy#physicaltherapyyoga #physicaltherapyclemsonsc #bodyandmind #holistic #ganglioncyst

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