Think of all you do with your hands – work, play, daily tasks. When your ability to perform those actions is hindered by a hand injury, you need the help of Craig LeTourneau, a certified hand therapist who works with patients in The Rehabilitation Institute at Memorial University Medical Center’s Pooler office.
LeTourneau, an occupational therapist for 21 years, has been certified in hand therapy since 2014. His patients frequently have suffered injuries that resulted in tendon or nerve lacerations, crush injuries, complex fractures, burns, replants, and involved wounds to one or both hands.
“The goal of hand therapy is simple: to help patients regain their mobility so they can return to their daily routines,” he says.
LeTourneau earned his occupational therapy degree from Eastern Michigan University. He uses specialized therapy techniques for the hand, wrist, and elbow to restore motion and usability.
The full-service hand therapy clinic at The Rehabilitation Institute is one of the largest and most well-equipped facilities in southeast Georgia. LeTourneau says he assesses every hand therapy patient and designs an individualized treatment plan that will help him or her return to a regular lifestyle and work.
The outpatient clinics in Pooler and Savannah offer a wide array of services for hand therapy patients. These include:
• Manual therapy
• Therapeutic exercises using a work simulator that duplicates real-world home and work functions
• Treatment for pain and stiffness including ultrasound, electrical stimulation, paraffin bath, and continuous passive motion
• Electric stimulation
• Fluidotherapy (using heat and a wavelike motion to reduce pain and swelling and increase range of motion)
• Work conditioning
• Matheson functional capacity evaluation
For LeTourneau, helping his patients recover from hand injuries is much more than a job. “The most rewarding part of my profession is seeing patients regain movement they’ve lost,” he says. “When they get their quality of life back, that’s the best gift I could ever receive.
“I can’t see myself doing anything else,” he adds.
Outside of work, LeTourneau loves to spend time with his wife, son, and daughter. He is learning to play guitar and loves oil painting, as well.
If you’ve suffered a hand injury, ask your doctor for a referral to the hand clinic at The Rehabilitation Institute in Pooler. Call 912-273-1000 to learn more.