Accelerated Rehabilitation Centers Can Help Take the Bite Out of Winter and Its Injuries

Jan 18, 2012, 11:34 ET from Accelerated Rehabilitation Centers

CHICAGO, Jan. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- January is underway, and it's that time of year when everyone begins his or her battle with winter. Shoveling and snow blowing have been added to the long list of daily activities; and people are finding themselves at serious risk for injury or may even experience the return of old, nagging aches and pains.


Accelerated Rehabilitation Centers—the largest physical therapist owned and managed practice in the U.S.—offers a comprehensive Hand Therapy Program focused on rehabilitation of the upper extremity, from the shoulder to the fingertips. This program may be just what the doctor ordered when the winter warriors begin to describe limited range of motion, difficulty with basic household activities, and even shoulder, arm, and hand pain.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, approximately 16,500 people are treated annually in hospital emergency rooms for injuries that happen while shoveling or removing ice and snow manually; more than 6,000 people were injured using snow blowers. The most common injuries associated with snow removal include sprains and strains, as well as lacerations and finger amputations.

In addition to shoveling and snow blowing during the winter season, millions enjoy skiing, snowboarding, and sledding. These cold weather activities—while enjoyable—also cause many injuries that get a lot of attention at hospitals and doctor's offices. Falls onto outstretched upper extremities can result in wrist fractures, or shoulder and elbow dislocations.

The Accelerated Hand Therapy Program addresses many of the specific conditions that result from winter activities, such as fractures, torn tendons, nerve injuries, amputation, arthritis, and overuse injuries. In a private, comfortable, and friendly environment, patients receive personal, hands-on care from Accelerated's certified hand therapists, many with advanced degrees. Treatment begins with thorough evaluations that assess strength, sensory, dexterity, and range of motion. Therapists offer the most advanced treatment available, including customized programs with unique therapy exercises. The Accelerated Hand Therapy Program is designed to maximize improvement, which expedites return to work as well as return to recreational and daily activities.

Accelerated's patients are guaranteed the highest level of service; and there is never any doubt that we are serious about clinical excellence and the care we deliver to our patients. Whether someone has experienced a sports-, seasonal-, or work-related injury, has undergone surgery, or is recovering from an illness, Accelerated has a program that suits the patient's rehabilitation needs.

About Accelerated Rehabilitation Centers

Chicago-based Accelerated Rehabilitation Centers is a premier provider of outpatient rehabilitation services. Since 1989, Accelerated has grown to over 230 outpatient rehabilitation centers in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan and Arizona, becoming the top choice for many professional athletes, large employers, and busy professionals. For more information about Accelerated, call 1-877-97-REHAB, or visit

Contact: Jessi Bell, Accelerated Rehabilitation Centers, 312-640-0329

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