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
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:
Fractures and Dislocations
Tendon and Nerve Injuries
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome/RSD
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.
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