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UnityPoint Health - Madison

Hand Therapy

Maintaining functional use of our hands, wrists, elbows and shoulders is essential to daily activities. Our expert team of hand therapists, including certified hand therapists, will work with you to create a personalized treatment plan to help your reach your full potential.

Our hand team specializes in treating hand and upper extremity conditions including:  

  • Arthritis 
  • Carpal tunnel, cubital tunnel and other nerve compression syndromes 
  • Complex traumatic injuries 
  • Fractures and dislocations 
  • Joint instability and hypermobility 
  • Ligament injuries and repairs 
  • Pain conditions including persistent pain, fibromyalgia, and CRPS 
  • Repetitive use injuries 
  • Sprains and strains 
  • Surgical repairs and reconstructions 
  • Tendinopathy 
  • Tendon injuries, repairs and tendon transfers 
  • Thoracic outlet syndrome 
  • Work related injuries and work comp cases 


Our expert hand therapists will perform a comprehensive evaluation to assess all aspects of your injury or condition. Evaluation may include assessment of range-of-motion, coordination, strength, edema (swelling), skin or wounds, and sensation. We look at the patient as a whole, including how your injury or condition may affect your ability to function in daily living, work, self-care and leisure activities.


Treatment is tailored to meet your personal needs. It may include exercises to gain motion, stability and strength, as well as management of pain and swelling. Therapeutic treatments (such as heat, iontophoresis, and ultrasound), custom fabrication of orthoses (splinting and custom braces), and adaptive techniques or devices are often utilized in treatment as well. 

Active involvement in treatment will play an important role in your recovery. You will be provided with a home program tailored to your specific needs, as well as goals to guide treatment and measure progress. 

What Sets Us Apart? 

Our hand therapy staff offers a high level of expertise, with team members consisting of certified hand therapists (CHT), lymphedema, ASTYM, and return to work specialists. A certified hand therapist has extensive knowledge in treating hand and upper extremity disorders, injuries, and conditions. To become a CHT, you must work a minimum of 4,000 hours treating hand and upper extremity conditions and pass a rigorous certification examination to demonstrate competency in the practice of hand therapy. We work closely with orthopedics, plastic and reconstructive surgeons, as well as primary care and other specialties including rheumatology. The hand team and UnityPoint Health-Meriter strives to offer exceptional care to every patient we see. 

Hand Therapy Locations  

UnityPoint Health-Meriter has several hand therapy locations throughout the Madison area. Please contact scheduling to better determine which location will work best for you. 

Schedule an appointment

Ask your doctor for a referral. For scheduling assistance, please call (608) 417-5050

Insurance Coverage  

Most health insurance policies include coverage for occupational therapy. If you have questions about your coverage, contact your insurance carrier. Please bring your insurance card with you to your first visit.