Hand Therapy

Occupational Therapists helps people across the lifespan to do the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of daily activities (occupations). Occupational therapy practitioners enable people of all ages to live life to its fullest by helping them promote health, and prevent—or live better with—injury, illness, or disability. They have a holistic perspective, in which the focus is on adapting the environment and/or task to fit the person, and the person is an integral part of the therapy team. It is an evidence-based practice deeply rooted in science.

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

Treatment Goals

  • Accurate assessments, immediate care and effective treatment to reduce time away from leisure and work.

  • Faster recovery results in decreased medical costs

  • Functional outcomes ensuring a faster return to work and productive lifestyle

Examples of Diagnosis and Treatments

  • Tendon injuries

  • Fractures

  • Dupuytrens

  • Joint replacements

  • Trigger Finger

  • Carpal Tunnel

  • Arthritis program for healthy thumbs and fingers.

  • Custom splinting