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Hand/Orthopedic Occupational Therapy

The occupational therapists of the Outpatient Rehabilitation Department at Virginia Hospital Center have additional training in disorders and injuries of the arm and hand.
During your initial evaluation, you will be thoroughly assessed to address your specific injury and/or symptoms. Treatment will be progressed in accordance with detailed guidelines, with the goal to return you to the highest level of participation in home, work, and leisure activities.

Common Diagnoses seen by the Occupational Hand Therapy team

  • Arthritis
  • Amputations
  • Brachial Plexus injuries
  • Burns
  • Complex multiple trauma injuries
  • Crush injuries
  • Dupuytren’s disease
  • Extensor tendon injuries
  • Flexor tendon injuries
  • Focal dystonia
  • Fracture
  • Ligament sprains/tears/instability
  • Nerve compressions - Carpal and Cubital Tunnel
  • Non-operative shoulder conditions
  • Pediatric hand injuries and congenital defects
  • Sports injuries
  • Tendinopathies / Tennis or Golfer’s Elbow
  • Trigger Finger
  • Worker’s Compensation injuries

Specialized Care Services or Equipment

  • Custom fabricated splints / orthoses - both dynamic and static
  • Custom Pressure Garments
  • Ergonomic assessments
  • Iontophoresis
  • Joint protection education
  • Manual therapy
  • Modalities
  • Neuromuscular electrical stimulation
  • Scar, edema, and wound management
  • Sensory re-education
  • Specialized work conditioning
  • Taping
  • Therapeutic exercise
  • Work simulation

The Occupational Hand/Orthopedic Therapy team

Katriona Buhler, OTD, OTR/L, CHT

B.S. from Virginia Commonwealth University; Doctorate of Occupational Therapy from Washington University in St. Louis
Outpatient Occupational Therapy: Hand Therapy
Additional Training/Certifications: Certified Hand Therapist, Pediatrics, Evelyn J. Mackin Hand Therapy Fellow January-June 2012

Erin Conner, MS, OTR/L

M.S. in Occupational Therapy from Virginia Commonwealth University
Outpatient Occupational Therapy: Hand Therapy
Additional Training/Certifications: Hand Therapy

Michelle Meister Elstein, MS, OTR/L, CHT

B.A. in Psychology from Rutgers University; M.S. in Occupational Therapy from Towson University
Outpatient Occupational Therapy: Hand Therapy
Additional Training/Certifications: Advanced Certificate in the Hand & Upper Quarter from Drexel University, Certified Hand Therapist, STAR Clinician® Certified (Survivorship Training and Rehabilitation)
Contact Info

1701 N. George Mason Drive | Arlington, VA 22205-3698 | tel 703.558.5000
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