The workshop is a special feature of the Pennsylvania Hand Center. It is used in conjunction with a work therapy program. It allows patients to work on various projects in order to integrate hand function into purposeful activity. By concentrating on various projects and crafts, the patient’s focus is less on pain and stiffness, and more on integrated digit, hand and upper extremity function. This encourages patients by showing them how much they can actually accomplish, and how much they are progressing, even after a severe injury.
The workshop includes woodworking, leather crafts, clay, macramé, chair rushing, twine, and other crafts. Each project is designed for a specific rehabilitation function. The activities are supervised and specifically chosen by the Hand Therapist, depending on the particular injury and goals of a patient.