The hand therapists at Allegiance Health are occupational therapists who, through extra training and experience, specialize in evaluation and treatment of a variety of conditions affecting the hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder. We follow the Indiana Hand Rehabilitation Center protocols or as ordered by your physician. Progress is reported to your physician at your follow up visit.
The Allegiance Hand Clinic brings state of the art upper extremity rehabilitation to Jackson by offering:
- Two full-time Certified Hand Therapists
- Appointments within 24 hours when needed
What does a Hand Therapist provide?
A qualified hand therapist can evaluate and treat any problem relative to the upper extremity. The hand therapist can effectively treat and rehabilitate the patient through postoperative rehabilitation, preventative, non-operative, conservative treatment or industry consultation. The hand therapist works closely with the physician and patient to provide a continuum of care. This often starts within a few days after injury or surgery right through to the patient's return to work and/or a productive lifestyle.
What types of problems might a hand therapist see?
- Amputations of fingers or hand.
- Arthritis conditions that affect the hand, wrist, elbow or shoulder.
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Open or sutured wounds/control of raised and/or swollen or sensitive scars
- Nerve or tendon damage
- Neurological disorders
- Acute or chronic pain conditions
What does therapy involve?
- Moist heat, paraffin, ultrasound, iontophoresis, cold packs or electrical stimulation
- Techniques to reduce swelling
- Custom Splinting for prevention or corrections of injury
- Mobilization of joints
- Active and passive range of motion
- Design and implementation of exercise programs to increase motion, dexterity and strength
- Desensitization/Sensory reeducation
- Training in the performance of daily life skills through adapted methods and equipment
- Evaluation of work station design to improve ergonomics
Your Hand Therapists
- Angie Valliere, OTR/L, CHT
Angie graduated from Eastern Michigan University in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy. She joined the Allegiance Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation staff in 2000 and became a Certified Hand Therapist in 2001. She is a member of the American Society of Hand Therapists.
- Athena Anteau, OTR/L, CHT
Athena graduated from the Occupational Therapy Program at Eastern Michigan University in December of 2000. She has worked in several different areas of OT, eventually making hand therapy her main focus. She passed the Certified Hand Therapy Exam in May of 2009. Athena is a member of the Michigan Occupational Therapy Association and the American Society of Hand Therapists.
- Lynne Shier, OTR/L
Lynne graduated from the University of Western Ontario, Canada, in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy. She has practiced in a variety of settings within outpatient therapy, with a focus on hand therapy since 2001. Lynne joined the Allegiance Physical Rehabilitation staff in October 2008. She is a member of the American Society of Occupational Therapists.