Therapy

Therapy FAQ

  1. Where do I go to occupational therapy or physical therapy?


Therapy

Michael W Bowman MD
 

Physical Therapy:

Physical Therapy is crucial for the success of nonoperative treatment for many of the foot and ankle problems we treat at Pittsburgh Foot and Hand Center. It is also critical for success after surgery to complement the surgical intervention. We have taken some of  the more advanced tendon gliding, nerve gliding and motion protocols from hand therapy and applied them together with innovative surgical techniques and unique custom orthotics in order to create successful treatment programs for foot and ankle  problems. Since 1987 we have developed and refined our therapy protocols for both surgical and nonsurgical treatment of foot and ankle disorders.

A good therapist and therapy unit is just as important as the protocol. We have developed a good working relationship with most of the top-notch physical therapy units in the Tri-state area. If needed, we can make a recommendation to a unit familiar with our protocols or supply them with the protocols.

Communication between us and the therapist is important. We ask for an update from them at each office visit. They must fax it to us at (724)-933-3332 at least 2 days prior to your visit for the report to be entered in your electronic medical record. You may also bring a written copy to your office visit.
 

Occupational Therapy:

During my Hand surgery fellowship training at the Hand Rehabilitation Center in Philadelphia, I was exposed to the pre-eminent hand therapy unit in the world, where hand therapy was created. Since 1987 we have used these advanced hand therapy protocols to guide our patients.

Hand therapy is provided by both Occupational therapists (OTs) and Physical Therapists (PTs) although most dedicated hand therapists are OTs. The highest certification that both PTs and OTs can obtain in hand therapy is the CHT or Certification in Hand Therapy. This involves additional training in hand therapy, hands on cases and a rigorous examination. For many of the complicated hand surgeries we perform, the services of a CHT are critical to achieve a good functional result. Ask your therapist if they are a CHT or have extensive experience with your particular hand condition/surgery. We have developed a good working relationship with most of the top-notch hand therapy units in the Tri-state area. If needed, we can make a recommendation to a unit familiar with our protocols or supply them with the protocols.

Communication between us and the therapist is important. We ask for an update from them at each office visit. They must fax it to us at (724)-933-3332 at least 2 days prior to your visit for the report to be entered in your electronic medical record. You may also bring a written copy to your office visit.