Certified Hand Physical Therapy Fort Collins, Windsor & Surrounding Cities

Our Certified Hand Therapy program involves a branch of rehabilitative medicine that assesses functional limitations and develops a rehabilitation program to improve function. 

Injuries to your hand or wrist can make daily activities difficult and pain can make living an active life impossible. Pain within your hand or wrist could be caused by a variety of conditions or injuries that could inhibit your ability to do simple things like driving or working. Seeing a physical therapist is an excellent course of treatment for any hand or wrist injuries. Through the exercises and stretches done in physical therapy, you can achieve pain free movement and get back to living your life without limitations. Not only will a physical therapist help with rehabilitation after injuries, they can also help you improve your mobility and strengthen your wrist and hand so that you can eliminate the possibility of reinjury. Physical therapy is a path towards a healthier active life.

What Causes Hand and Wrist Pain 

Pain in your hand or wrist is caused by a variety of factors. Injuries such as a fall or a hit to your hand can cause muscle strains or hairline fractures within the hand or wrist. More commonly, conditions like arthritis or ulnar tunnel syndrome cause pain, numbness, tingling, or stiffness within the hand or wrist. Jobs or activities that require repetitive motion of the wrist or hand can cause a breakdown of the cartilage between bones or result in the compression of a nerve which can also cause great discomfort. It can be difficult to diagnose the cause of pain within your hand or wrist so it is important to seek medical care if the pain persists. 

Exercises to Help With Hand/Wrist Discomfort

While experiencing pain in your hand or wrist it can be difficult to maintain an active life. However it is important to keep up hand motions in order to prevent a loss of mobility and additional stiffness. Simple exercises such as practicing a thumbs up motion or making the letter “o” with your fingers can help stretch individual muscles and build strength in your hand after an injury. Resistance exercises can also be very helpful but should be done under the instruction of a trained professional. 

When to Seek Physical Therapy Treatment 

Many different injuries and conditions can cause discomfort in your hand or wrist. If your pain is persistent, you lose range of motion, or you experience swelling or stiffness it is important to seek medical care. At Colorado in Motion we offer premier care for a large variety of conditions that affect your hand and wrist. Come to Colorado in Motion for life changing treatment and a path to your most active life.

Is Certified Hand Therapy right for you?

Common injuries and conditions treated by our Certified Hand Therapists include: 

  • Sprains & Strains in the shoulder, elbow, wrist, and fingers
  • Fractures of the upper extremity
  • Tendinitis
  • Trigger finger
  • DeQuervain’s syndrome
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Arthritis
  • Traumatic injuries
  • Open wounds
  • Tendon repairs
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Shoulder adhesive capsulitis
  • Fine motor coordination deficits
  • Repetitive trauma injuries

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Here’s what some of our patients had to say

I am 100% cured. No more numbness in my fingers. I don’t even need to wear my brace at night anymore. Your recommended equipment and posture changes did the trick. Thanks so much!

five stars Rob, Fort Collins Rob, Fort Collins

Our son was 9+ weeks premature and required physical therapy to help with his gross motor skills. Jessica Albers was our therapist and she was wonderful. She gave us the tools to help our son develop and he is now a very active little two year old. We would recommend Jessica to any parents with…

five stars Aaron Biesemeier Aaron Biesemeier

I was referred to CIM for some calf and Achilles issues a few months after a bad strain. I had the pleasure of working with Derek Haverley to resolve it. Derek took time explaining to me how dry needling could help the situation, the results were amazing. It took about 4-5 sessions of dry needling…

five stars Jill Fox Jill Fox

From the very first treatment with Tim I knew I was on the road to recovery. A combination of dry needling, manipulation, home exercises relieved my chronic leg pain caused by a herniated disk. I was in severe pain and limited mobility for more than 3 years. I’ve had 4 treatments and I’m back on…

five stars Joe Joe

Tim has been helping me deal with various running and cycling injuries for a couple of years. They have included hip, back, calf, and knee issues. The at-home exercises he recommended helped so much, and I am now running and cycling pain free. He also recommended a specific strength training program. I am so grateful…

five stars Sheri Sheri

I was in a horrible car accident and had tried many specialized treatments for pain and pain management for more than a year before it was suggested (by a foot doctor) to have Physical Therapy at CIM. Three months ago I started working with David at the College/Harmony facility. What a difference he has made…

five stars Carol carol

Through a combination of dry needling and exercises, Terry had my lower back pain gone within a few weeks. His approach to care is great — educate the patient, give ’em the necessary tools, and the healing happens.

five stars Chris Ketterman Chris Ketterman

Terry is phenomenal. I’m a runner that has been working on a variety of issues for quite a while and I very recently saw Terry. I’ve had chronic Plantar Fasciitis and Terry has gotten it taken care of. His use of ASTYM has been great and my return to running has been much faster than…

five stars Jim Haselmaier Jim Haselmaier

I worked with John Zapanta this fall for joint pain and had terrific results. I was often amazed with the progress made. John’s personality, talent and enthusiasm regarding my recovery made the process more enjoyable than I would have thought possible. I was impressed that he often would follow up with an e-mail with photos…

five stars Cynthia Coogan Cynthia Coogan

I was referred to Colorado Physical Therapy Specialists and saw John. He was very helpful in easing the pain in my shoulder and gave me exercises to do at home in short increments of time that would fit into my schedule, but would still accomplish the goal. He will listen to any concerns, is very…

five stars Carol Metzner Carol Metzner