Hand and Upper Extremity Rehabilitation

HandWorks is a private practice specializing in hand and upper extremity rehabilitation. Beth Nicholson, OTR, CHT has practiced as a certified hand therapist in both an academic setting and private practice for over thirty years. Each patient is viewed holistically with appreciation for nutritional, environmental, and lifestyle factors that contribute to etiology and healing.

My experience includes in-depth evaluation and treatment of all forms of upper extremity dysfunction including tendon and nerve repairs, fractures, joint injuries, soft tissue and crush injuries, cumulative trauma such as carpal tunnel and other nerve compressions, tendonitis, strains and sprains, and arthritis. I offer custom splint fabrication and fitting of prefabricated orthotics, depending on the needs of each patient.

In surgical cases, I am accustomed to pre-operative visits for patient education regarding post-operative care, and immediate or early intervention post-operatively for wound care, to protect repaired tissues and to gently maintain health and mobility of non-involved structures. I also have extensive background in all aspects of work related injuries including communication with insurance carriers, employers, and case managers, prevention practices, return to work assessment, and impairment ratings.

My goal is to be responsive to the individual needs of each client, and to make the referral process simple and efficient. If you are a referring provider, please call and leave the patientís name and phone number on voice mail if I miss your call. Then fax the prescription, patientís face sheet and copy of the insurance card if available. If you are a client you will need a physician referral.

Please feel free to call with questions. I hope to have the opportunity to work with you in the future.