Why should I see a physical therapist or occupational therapist that specializes in the hand?
A hand therapist is an occupational therapist or physical therapist who specializes in treating patients who have conditions that affect the hands and upper extremity. A hand therapist may also have their certification as a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT). This allows the therapist to effectively treat patients in any stage such as post-operative rehabilitation, preventative, conservative treatment, and industry consultation.
A CHT must have passed their board certification examination that has intricate shoulder, elbow, and hand information to be granted the privilege to use the CHT designation. This level of certification requires three years of experience with a minimum of 4,000 upper extremity rehabilitation practice. To ensure that knowledge on protocols is current, hand therapists must renew their credentials every five years through continued education to maintain their CHT designation.
Hand therapy and upper extremity rehabilitation is a specialized niche that requires highly trained and skilled therapists. Motion’s team consists of certified hand therapists and occupational therapists that are uniquely qualified to evaluate and treat problems to the upper extremity. We effectively treat and rehabilitate each patient through post-operative recovery, preventative, non-operative or conservative treatment. We are also able to work with patients, per industry consultation, to return to being fully functional in the work environment.
Conditions or disorders treated include but are not limited to:
- Tendon tears and repairs
- post-operative repairs
- ligamentous sprains
- tendonitis and tenosynovitis
- reflex sympathetic dystrophy
- crush injuries
- nerve entrapments
- rheumatoid arthritis
- nerve injuries
*Other services provided include: custom splinting, ergonomic assessment, education and scar management