Welcome to FORM Hand Therapy
FORM Hand Therapy specializes in the rehabilitation of Hand, Wrist, Elbow and Shoulder conditions. Our Hand Therapists are experienced and knowledgeable in the intricate anatomy of the hand and upper extremity, advanced surgical techniques being used, and rehabilitation protocols, allowing us to maximize your recovery.
FORM Hand Therapy understands the reliance on your hands and upper extremities in daily life and the significant impact a condition or trauma can cause. We offer our patients a wide range of hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder treatment methods and compassionate care that can only be found at FORM Hand Therapy. We are dedicated to restoring function and mobility, and most of all, improving your quality of life.
Patients will not have to travel far to see us. With our convenient location in Fremont, we are easily accessible to Silicon Valley, Oakland and the rest of the San Francisco Bay Area. Our office is open Monday through Friday and offer appointments as early as 6am to accommodate patients before work.
To become a patient at FORM Hand Therapy you must obtain a referral from a physician, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner to start treatment. If you are not currently under the care of a physician for your hand, wrist or elbow condition you can schedule an appointment at FORM Hand, Wrist & Elbow Institute to be evaluated and treated by one of the top Orthopaedic Hand Surgeons in California, Basil R. Besh, M.D.
To familiarize yourself with Hand Therapy, the role of Hand Therapists, and knowing when to see a Hand Therapist, we have answered a few questions below. If you would like more information about FORM Hand Therapy, please contact our office at (510) 585-2535.
What is Hand Therapy?
Hand Therapy is defined as the art and science of rehabilitation of the upper extremity (hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder). It combines occupational and physical therapy theory with comprehensive knowledge of the upper extremity structure, function, and activity. Hand therapy uses various therapeutic interventions to prevent impairment, restore function, and/or reverse the progression of hand and upper extremity conditions such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Who is a Certified Hand Therapist?
Certified Hand Therapists are Occupational or Physical Therapists that have a minimum of three years of clinical experience, including 4,000 hours or more of direct hand therapy practice. Certified Hand Therapists also pass a comprehensive certification exam of advanced clinical skills and rehabilitative theory, and are required to recertify every 5 years. At FORM Hand Therapy, we provide continuing education and training for our Occupational Therapists pursuing certification in hand therapy.
What does a Hand Therapist do?
Our therapists will conduct a thorough evaluation of your condition, discuss treatment plans, and formulate an effective program to successfully achieve your therapy goals. Hand therapists focus on the process of regaining range of motion, protection of healing structures, and restoring function. We use a variety of methods to tailor treatment plans to meet the unique needs of our patients. Our hands-on, one-on-one approach to therapy ensures that you receive the best possible care.
When To See a Hand Therapist?
If you are someone who has developed limitations in range of motion or function of the hand, wrist, elbow or shoulder whether it be from acute or chronic conditions, injury or trauma, limited by instability or disability, even amputation with replantation and revascularization, our hand therapists are here to help you regain functionality. Hand therapy can be approached as the first line of treatment as conservative management, initiated as preventative treatment, and extremely necessary following any hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder surgery. Ask your doctor for a referral to FORM Hand Therapy to get started.
Additional Hand Therapy Questions?
If you have additional questions, please call the FORM Hand Therapy office at (510) 585-2535.