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Board Certified Hand Therapy

What is a Hand therapist?

A hand therapist is most commonly an Occupational Therapist who has advanced continuing education, clinical experience and integration of knowledge in anatomy, physiology and kinesiology of the upper body. He/She is proficient in treatment of pathological upper extremity conditions resulting in trauma,disease,congenital or acquired deformity.

To be a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) is voluntary, difficult to attain and involves rigorous standards  A therapist must complete 4,000 supervised hours of treating upper extremity disorders and passing a  national certification exam to demonstrate their competency in the practice of hand therapy. As a result of such high standards, therapist display a dedication to their profession and a passion toward treating their patients.

What can a CHT Do for ME?

A Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) bridges the gap from medical management of the upper extremity conditions to successful recovery, returning individuals to normal daily activities. CHT provide non-operative interventions, preventative care, post-surgical rehabilitation for a wide variety of upper extremity disorders. Interventions include a variety techniques and tools including:

  • Functional activity
  • Therapeutic exercise program
  • Biofeedback techniques
  • Neuromuscular  re-education
  • Desensitization
  • Custom orthotic fabrication, fitting and training
  • Sensory Re-education
  • Posture Awareness, modifications and adjustment
  • Pain management
  • Modalities (heat, ice, ultra sound, electrical stimulation,etc)
  • Edema management (swelling)
  • Wound care
  • Work Hardening/Work Conditioning
  • Scar management
  • Activity Modification/Adaptive Equipment Training
  • Joint Protection
  • Hand writing techniques

A Certified Hand Therapy specialist provides:

  • Accurate assessments, immediate care and effective treatment to reduce treatment time
  • A continuum of care eliminating the need for multiple medical providers
  • Faster recovery results in decreased medical costs
  • Functional outcomes ensuring a faster return to work and productive lifestyle
  • The most comprehensive care for their patients

Who should see A CHT?

A Certified Hand Therapist is capable of treating a wide variety of upper extremity disorders, from a simple fingertip injury to complex and traumatic injuries. Diagnosis may include but are not limited to:

  • Adhesions or tightness (e.g., musculotendinis, capsular)
  • Amputations
  • Arthritis and rheumatic diseases
  • Congenital anomalies/differences
  • Crush injuries/mutilating trauma
  • Cumulative trauma disorders
  • Cysts and tumors
  • Developmental disabilities
  • Dislocations and subluxations
  • Dupuytren's disease
  • Edema
  • Factitious disorders
  • Fractures
  • Infections
  • Ligamentous injury and instability
  • Lymphedema
  • Muscular strains, tears, and avulsions
  • Nerve injuries and conditions (e.g., neuropathies, palsies, nerve repairs)
  • Neuromuscular diseases – ALS, MS, MD
  • Pain (e.g. complex regional pain syndrome, fibromyalgia)
  • Replantation and revascularization
  • Spinal cord and central nervous system injuries
  • Tendon injuries and conditions (e.g., lacerations, transfers,
  • tendonitis, ruptures)
  • Thermal and electrical injuries
  • Vascular disorders
  • Wounds and scars