Regain your function


Published: 03/30/2015

by Laura Briedis

Regardless if you get hurt in an accident, suffer from repetitive motion disorders such as carpal tunnel syndrome, or have a stroke, the outcome is often the same: diminished use of your hands.


“I can help patients regain function and decrease pain they have due to orthopedic problems, including wrist injuries, fractures, carpal tunnel, tennis elbow, and other degenerative changes such as arthritis, as well as neurological origins such as stroke,” says Sharon Covey, an occupational therapist at The Center for Stroke and Hand Recovery. “During the winter months, we help a lot of patients who suffer fractures or wrist injuries from falling on the slippery pavement.”


By analyzing their daily activities, identifying limiting factors, and developing a treatment plan, Sharon helps her patients regain mobility and functionality through therapy.


“I have a patient who suffers from arthritis in the CMC joint at the base of the thumb and I have been able to decrease her pain simply by building up her eating utensils with foam handles and having her use mechanical devises such as an automated can opener,” she explains. “These simple steps make a huge difference in her daily tasks.”


At this specialized outpatient clinic in Solon, patients also are taught exercises they can do in the office or at home to strengthen muscles that support specific joints.


A provider of choice for the Cleveland Stroke Club, The Center for Stroke and Hand Recovery is the only Saebo-certified practitioner in the Greater Cleveland area. This research-based program helps patients regain function in their hands and arms—even those who had a stroke years ago.


“I am currently treating a man who is 18 years post stroke who came into my office with a simple goal to be able to open his hand enough to clip his fingernails,” Sharon comments. “After my treatment he has far exceeded that goal and can now use this hand to turn on lights, pull up his pants, and stabilize items.”


Many seniors assume their hand pain is due to aging, but often it is a treatable condition if they seek out experts.


“A patient has a choice of where to go for treatment because occupational therapy is a direct-access profession, which means you can walk in without a doctor’s referral for treatment, except for limitations of Medicare, Medicaid, and Worker’s Comp,” she explains. “You don’t have to live with pain, so consider calling us for a consultation.” 


The Center for Stroke and Hand Recovery is located inside Rehabilitex, at 6001 Cochran Road, Suite 202, in Solon. Call 440-498-9723 for an appointment. The website is