Hand Therapy Center

Altru Health System's Hand Therapy Center staff includes Certified Hand Therapists who have extensive training in the shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand treatment. They have a unique understanding of all upper extremity problems and are able to create a rehabilitation program tailored to individual needs.

Altru's Hand Therapy Center is located in both the lower level of the Altru 1300 Columbia and Altru Clinic in East Grand Forks. For more information, call 701.780.5973 or 800.732.4277, ext. 5973.


The injuries/disease processes that benefit from specialized upper extremity rehabilitation services include:

  • Tendon lacerations/avulsions
  • Fractures
  • Cumulative trauma disorders
  • Nerve injuries/compressions/lacerations
  • Congenital deformities
  • Burns/frostbite
  • Wound care/scar management
  • Tendonitis
  • Post-mastectomy and lymphedema care
  • Sprains or strains
  • Impingement Syndrome

Evaluation and Treatment Specialized Care Techniques can Include:

  • Static and dynamic orthotic splinting/bracing
  • Pain reduction techniques
  • Modalities (heat/cold, ultrasound, whirlpool, electrical stimulation, iontophoresis, fluidotherapy)
  • Manual Therapy including joint mobilization and myofascial techniques
  • Customized stretching and strengthening program
  • Computerized work simulator
  • Edema control
  • Aquatic pool therapy
  • Physical Conditioning Equipment
  • Adaptive equipment training
  • Task analysis
  • Compensatory training and equipment


Even though a patient may call for his or her own appointment or another professional may initiate one, a physician's prescription must accompany the patient. Our staff will work closely with referring physicians, communicating and sharing information on treatment planning, goals and patient progress.