Joe Harrer, O.T.R./L.

Photo: Joe Harrer, O.T.R./L.

Joe Harrer received his occupational therapy degree from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia in 2000. He had always had an interest in upper extremity/hand injuries. He initially worked with Inspira Health Network, where he worked in acute care rehabilitation, subacute care rehabilitation, mental health, and outpatient therapy. This provided him with a well-rounded foundation to begin his career. He then began his pursuit of becoming a certified hand therapist, which was achieved in 2006.

Joe has spent the last 20-plus years treating a variety of upper extremity/hand injuries and has worked with many physicians over the years. He has treated patients who have suffered from burns in need of wound care, amputations, work injuries, tendonitis, ligament strains and muscle sprains, sports injuries, fractures, carpal tunnel syndrome, Dupuytren's disease, nerve and tendon injuries, and brachial plexopathies, just to name a few.

Joe constantly seeks continuing education courses to keep up with all the current trends in treatment techniques and surgical procedures in his field. He has utilized the knowledge and skills that he has learned in these courses to become proficient at cupping, kinesiology taping, instrument-assisted soft-tissue massages, manual therapy techniques, thermoplastic splinting, and treating a multitude of diagnoses. He takes a lot of pride in his work and enjoys the splinting process.

Joe loves problem-solving. He uses his knowledge of conditions and treatment skills to remediate injuries and conditions to allow his patients to achieve the highest level of functional independence possible so the patient can return to their normal daily lives, both healthy and happy.

When not at work, Joe is very dedicated to his family. He enjoys coaching his kids in a variety of sports, such as soccer, basketball, and flag football. He loves to spend time with his family, whether it is attending sporting events, watching movies, going to the beach, or traveling. He is very engaged in his children's physical and mental development.