Certified Hand Therapy
Our Certified Hand Therapists (CHT) perform manual therapy and exercises for patients who suffer with anything from arthritis to traumatic injuries. The CHTs at our clinics are trained to create custom orthotics and splints to help control pain, protect fractures, or assist with your post operative recovery. All of our experts are trained in treating complex traumatic upper extremity injuries to help you return to use of your shoulder, elbow, wrist, or hand.
What is a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT)?
A Certified Hand Therapist (or CHT) is an occupational or physical therapist who has undergone extensive training to become an expert in the upper extremity (shoulder, elbow, wrist, and hand).
Do CHTs only treat hands?
Certified hand therapists treat more than just hands! They treat anything that impacts the arms, hands, and upper body. Ailments treated by CHTs include wrist fractures, tendonitis, rheumatoid arthritis, and carpal tunnel syndrome.
Can hand therapy help people with arthritis?
Yes! A Certified Hand Therapist will put together an intervention plan for arthritis, which may include:
- Pain management with physical agent modalities (e.g. heat, cold)
- Techniques to manage swelling, including elevation, compression, exercise and splinting
- Training in the use of joint protection and energy conservation techniques
- Activity modifications in home, work and school settings
How long will my hand therapy sessions last?
The duration of a treatment plan is case dependent. On average, a hand therapy plan will last 6 to 8 weeks. At your first visit, your therapist will tailor a plan that is right for you and your unique situation, including the types of interventions used and the number of visits required.