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Hand Rehabilitation Program

therapist stimulating patients hand. therapist excersizing patient's hand.

The Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department at University Hospital offers a program specializing in the rehabilitation of arm and hand injuries. It provides a comprehensive therapy assessment and individualized treatment for the arm and hand.

This program specializes in disorders that result in limitations of the upper extremity that affect a person's ability to complete activities of daily living (ADL). These disorders may include: pain, weakness/loss of muscle strength, loss of range of motion (ROM) and sensory loss.

Upstate Rehabilitation at IHP
Institute For Human Performance (IHP)
1st Fl.,
505 Irving Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13210
Map & directions
Phone: 315 464-6543
Fax: 315 464-4753
Hours: Mon. Wed. Fri. - 7am-4:30pm; Tues. Thurs. - 7am-6pm

Who Can Benefit from Hand Rehabilitation?

This program may be appropriate for individuals with:

  • Fractures of the upper extremity/hand
  • Soft tissue trauma
  • Nerve injuries
  • Tendon injuries
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Burns
  • Tendonitis
  • Crush injuries
  • Arthritic conditions

What Should You Expect From Your Visit?

Treatments may include:

  • Therapeutic exercises (strengthening and range of motion)
  • Functional activities for ADL
  • Static and dynamic splinting
  • Application of heat and cold
  • Home exercise programs
  • Sensory re-education
  • Joint protection education
  • Use of adaptive strategies/adaptive devices
A physician's referral is required for examination and treatment within this program.


Nicole Cross, DPT
Nicole Cross, DPT
315 464-6543

Education & Fellowships

  • DPT: SUNY Upstate Medical University, 2009


Physical Therapy; Orthopedic Physical Therapy; Outpatient Physical Therapy; Physical Therapy for Women's Health

Kathleen A Rake, OTR/L, CHT
Kathleen A Rake, OTR/L, CHT
315 464-6543


Certified Hand Specialist; Concussion; Lou Gehrig's Disease; Concussion Management; Concussion Management, Rehab Service; Outpatient Occupational Therapy

Education Interests

  • Clinical Coordinator for OT, Speech Therapy and Therapeutic Recreation students

Clinical Interests

  • Hand Therapy, Burn Rehabilitaion, ALS, Concussion program