• Hand therapy is the art and science of rehabilitation of the upper limb, which includes 
    the hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder girdle. It is a merging of occupational and physical 
    therapy theory and practice that combines comprehensive knowledge of the structure 
    of the upper limb with function and activity. Using specialized skills in assessment, 
    planning and treatment, hand therapists provide therapeutic interventions to prevent 
    dysfunction and/or reverse the progression of pathology of the upper limb in order to 
    enhance an individual’s ability to execute tasks and to participate fully in life situations.

    A Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) is an occupational therapist or physical therapist 
    who has a minimum of five 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.


    A Hand Therapist works closely with the physician, surgeon and patient to provide a 
    continuity of care.
    Treatment often begins within days of the injury or surgery and continues until the patient has returned to an independent, productive lifestyle.
    Commonly Treated Conditions Include:
    • Traumatic Injuries
    • Shoulder Injuries
    • Fractures and Dislocations
    • Sports Injuries 
    • Tendonitis 
    • Tennis Elbow
    • Dequervain’s
    • Trigger Finger 
    • Carpal Tunnel 
    • Cubital Tunnel 
    • Amputations 
    • Arthritis 
    • Tendon and Nerve Injuries 
    • Dupuytren’s Contracture 
    • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome/RSD 
    • Ganglion Cysts 
    • TFCC Injuries 
    • Carpal Instabilities
    • Ulnar Abutment Syndrome
    • Open Wounds, Bites, Burns and Incision Care
    Benefits of Working with a CHT

    People value the use of their hands and any loss of function through injury or accident 
    may have a devastating effect on their lives. Anyone with an injury wants the very best 
    of treatment to assure maximal recovery. The Certified Hand Therapist credential offers 
    assurance to the public that the therapist has achieved the highest level of competency in 
    the profession and stays up to date with practice within the field.

    The intricate anatomy of the arm and hand frequently requires very delicate surgery, 
    often with microscopic techniques. The technical complexity of these kinds of surgeries 
    necessitates a high level of competence by therapists with advanced skills in upper
    quarter rehabilitation during postoperative recovery. Therapists must be knowledgeable
    about these advanced surgical techniques and postoperative therapy programs to become 
    CHTs. They must also remain current with changes in hand therapy practice. 

    Certification is voluntary and difficult to attain. It involves meeting rigorous standards, 
    developing a long-range career path, and acquiring the advanced study and training 
    required to pass the certification examination. CHTs are therapists who demonstrated 
    a personal dedication to the profession of hand therapy and a desire for advanced 
    competency; they bring to their work a commitment and dedication to reach and 
    maintain the highest standards in their profession. The CHT credential is recognized by 
    many professional organizations as a benchmark for excellence in advanced specialty 
    credentialing in health care.
    For more information, please contact Preferred Physical & Occupational Therapy at 913-299-9616 or email us at info@kcppt.com