Jean Puissegur Thomas, LOTR/CHT is a Certified Hand Therapist who received her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from Louisiana State University Medical Center School of Health Sciences in 1983. She completed her internship in Hand and Upper Extremity Rehabilitation at Tulane University Hospital and Clinic. Jean was among the first to receive national recognition as a Certified Hand Therapist from the National Hand Therapy Certification Commission. Jean has more than 33 years of clinical expertise in Hand and Upper Extremity Rehabilitation where she has worked closely with several board certified hand surgeons. She has a longstanding active role in clinical education with various teaching universities. She is also actively involved at both the national and State Chapter levels of the American Society of Hand Therapists where she has served as past president of the Louisiana State Chapter of American Society of Hand Therapists. Her interests include treatment of traumatic wrist and hand injuries, flexor and extensor tendon injuries, and custom fabrication of hand orthotics.
Jean’s Mission is to “provide quality, comprehensive upper extremity and hand rehabilitation services to individuals whose lives have been affected by injury, illness, and/or disease processes”. The most common types of conditions treated by our Occupational Certified Hand Therapist at Southern Orthopaedic Specialists include: Arthritis, Amputations, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Cumulative Trauma Disorders of the Upper Extremity, Fractures/Dislocations of the Wrist/Hand, Flexor and Extensor Tendon Lacerations/Repairs, Nerve Lacerations/Repairs, Pain Related Disorders, Post Surgical Care, and Soft Tissue Trauma.