Hand Therapy

What is Hand Therapy?

Hand Therapy is the specialized rehabilitation of injuries and dysfunction of the upper limb, from shoulder girdle to fingertips. It includes evaluation and individualized treatment of conditions due to post-surgical repairs of tendons, ligaments, and fractures; trauma; arthritic conditions; and repetitive stress or overuse syndromes and nerve compression to name a few. Most of us don’t realize how limiting a hand injury or upper-extremity injury can be in our daily lives until it happens. Each person’s treatment is customized based on the specific injury or problem, as well as an individual’s specific functional goals such as return to work, sport, or hobby/recreation.

Conditions We Treat

  • Sprains/strains
  • Fractures
  • Rheumatoid and Degenerative Arthritis
  • Tendinitis
  • DeQuervain’s Tenosynovitis
  • Joint Replacement
  • Trigger Finger
  • Tendon Injuries
  • Cumulative Trauma disorders
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Nerve injuries/dysfunction
  • Amputations
  • Crush Injuries
  • Burn Injuries
  • Tumors/Cysts
  • Scar Tissue

Who is a Certified Hand Therapist?

A Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) is an occupational or physical therapist who has a minimum of five years of clinical experience, including 4,000 hours of direct practice in hand therapy. In addition, the CHT has successfully passed a comprehensive test of advanced clinical skills and theory in upper-quarter rehabilitation. CHTs are required to demonstrate continued professional development and competency by recertifying every five years.

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