Wheeling Hand Center
The Wheeling Hand Center at Wheeling Hospital is the largest hand therapy facility of its kind in West Virginia. Nearly one-third of the state's certified hand therapists (CHTs) are employed at Wheeling Hospital. The Hand Center uses state-of-the-art equipment and maintains a highly qualified staff that takes a holistic approach to therapy. The therapists treat hands, wrists, elbows, shoulders and necks, but also understand their patients' concerns about loss of work or loss of function in daily activities, sports and leisure activities. The goal is to help restore patients' maximum ability so they can resume a normal and productive lifestyle.
The office staff will assist with insurance authorization and will answer any questions about referrals or insurance coverage.
Treatment In Therapy
Hand therapists at the Wheeling Hand Center treat many injuries and conditions of the hand, arm and shoulder including:
- carpal tunnel.
- tendon injuries.
- nerve injuries.
- work injuries.
- sports injuries.
Some of the common treatments for these and other injuries or conditions include:
- exercises for range of motion.
- strength training.
- nerve mobilization exercises.
- work simulation.
- ergonomics and safety training.
- workstation setup.
- sports simulation.
- iontophoresis (antiinflammatory).
- neuromuscular electrical stimulation.
- transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation (TENS).
- splinting to immobilize and protect.
- splinting to increase function.
- splinting for exercise/stretching.
The Wheeling Hand Centers makes custom splints for many needs in its fully equipped splint room.
The Lymphedema Management Program
Cancer-related lymphedema affects about 20 percent of survivors and is most common in patients who undergo surgery and auxiliary radiation therapy. Swelling may occur immediately after surgery, but more often is seen months to years after treatment.
The Wheeling Hand Center has a program to help manage lymphedema. The therapist provides hands-on treatment at every session using manual lymph drainage massage technique, active exercises and possibly a pneumatic compression pump. The Hand Center staff includes a therapist certified in breast cancer lymphedema management.
The primary goal of lymphedema treatment is to provide patients with ways to manage and reduce their swelling independently at home, achieve maximum functional use of the affected limb and keep their lymphedema under control in the long term.
The lymphedema therapy clinic is open from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. Call Mary Laska, OTR/L CHT CPAM, at 304-243-3195.
The Wheeling Hand Center is open at 7:30 a.m., with evening hours most days. For more information about the Wheeling Hand Therapy Center, or other services of occupational therapy, contact Suzanne Holsen, OTR/L, CHT, CPAM, Director of Occupational Therapy, at 304-243-3195.