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J Hand Ther. 2014 Jul-Sep;27(3):254-6; quiz 257. doi: 10.1016/j.jht.2013.12.009. Epub 2014 Jan 4.

Using smartphone applications as hand therapy interventions.

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Northeast Orthopaedic and Hand Surgery, 60 Westwood Ave. Suite 300, Waterbury, CT 06708, USA. Electronic address:
Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions, Provo, UT, USA.


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.


Distal radius fracture; Gaming; Hand therapy intervention; Neuromuscular training; Proprioception; Range of motion exercise; Smartphone applications; Trapeziometacarpal arthrosis

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