Our team of hand therapists have over 45 years of combined experience, and collaborate closely with plastic and orthopedic surgeons, as well as physicians, to treat a wide array of upper extremity based conditions. Treatment can often begin within days of surgery or injury with the inclusion of a physician’s prescription to maximize function and return to a healthy, productive lifestyle.
What is hand therapy?
The complex and intricate nature of the upper extremity requires a specialized approach when rehabilitation services are necessary. From chronic conditions to recent surgical operations, hand therapy focuses on all injuries related to the shoulder, elbow, wrist, and hand. Therapists implement specialized assessment, planning, and treatment strategies to prevent dysfunction, restore independence, and return individuals to desired life roles.
What is a Certified Hand Therapist?
A CHT is a registered occupational or physical therapist who has a minimum of five years of clinical experience. CHT’s have passed an exam of advanced clinical skills and theory in upper extremity rehabilitation and meet the required gold standard to maintain specialized certification.
- Post-operative rehabilitation
- Custom splinting
- Open and sutured wound management
- Swelling/edema reduction techniques
- Sensory re-education/desensitization
- Post-injury care and preventative/conservative treatment
- Specialized exercise regimes to increase motion and strength
- Electrical and thermal modalities
- Ergonomic modification
- Patient/family education