A Bayhealth Hand Therapist will start seeing patients in Middletown soon.
Mary Mundrane-Zweiacher, PT, ATC, CHT, will be working with Bayhealth's Outpatient Rehabilitation Staff in Dover and soon twice a week in Middletown.
Bayhealth announced Mundrane-Szeiacher's welcome Jan. 29.
"For a pianist, a finger injury is a life-changer," Mundrane-Zweiacher said. "Everyone's injuries are different. Hand therapy has to meet the needs of the patient."
Mundrane-Zweiacher also offers athletic training services and general hand therapy.
Hand therapy uses techniques to help reduce swelling and exercises to help joints and tendons regain range of motion.
Hand immobility can be caused by burns, scarring, or major trauma, and one of the most common injuries that sends patients to Mundrane-Zweiacher is closing a car door on their hands or fingers.
A lifelong athlete, Mundrane-Zweiacher was a Biology and Pre-med major at Ursinus College when she took a job as the football team's manager, a decision that she said would change her life.
After completing a physical therapy program at Emory University, in Atlanta, Mundrane-Zweiacher worked at Southern Regional Medical Center, coordinated all sports medicine for Clayton County, Georgia, and served as the County's first athletic trainer.
She did stints at the Olympic Training Center and the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta.
When she moved to Delaware, she joined a friend's physical therapy practice, where she fell in love with hand therapy.
Mundrane-Zweiacher enjoys hand therapy because of the challenges presented by working with many small structures in a small area. Each separate structure—tendons, joints, bones—in the hand must be rehabilitated independently and then as a unit to restore proper function without weakening neighboring structures.
While many people believe that painful joint and bone conditions in the hand are a fact of life, these symptoms may be relieved or even eliminated through therapeutic techniques.
Mundrane-Zweiacher hopes to offer solutions to a wider range of patients by expanding her services to Middletown.
"No one should repair the garage door opener if they are not knowledgeable about the mechanics involved," Mundrane-Zweiacher said. "That's one of the main reasons people end up in my office. Call a professional for that job."