Using smartphone applications as hand therapy interventions

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Abstract

In the hand therapy clinic, smartphones can be used as an educational resource, to view a photo or video of a home exercise program, or as a method of electronically documenting progress related to healing from an injury. Smartphone applications may also serve as appropriate therapy interventions to address deficits often presenting with common hand injuries. For individuals with trapeziometacarpal arthrosis, gaming can encourage radial abduction range of motion and neuromuscular control required for joint stability. People with distal radius fractures may benefit from smartphone applications for range of motion and proprioceptive training. These treatments may assist with addressing client-centered goals and be motivating in the current technology driven times.

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