Together, our fellowship-trained hand surgeons and highly skilled Certified Hand Therapists (CHT) will plan an effective treatment regimen to help alleviate symptoms, regain freedom of movement and decrease pain in their upper extremities.
Hand Therapists are board-certified in Occupational Therapy with an added qualification in Hand Therapy. This is done through on-the-job training in the hand therapy arena, and they must pass a certification examination based on hand and upper extremity therapy practice.
Our CHTs perform assessments and evaluations in a client-centered, comprehensive approach. They may include musculoskeletal, sensory, cognitive or perceptual evaluation and vascular, skin or connective tissue assessment. Relevant medical, vocational, and/or avocational history intake is also performed along with psychosocial, environmental and other factors that may influence rehabilitation outcomes. A comprehensive plan of care may include a combination of the following:
- Therapeutic Activities and Exercise
- Post-Surgical/Injury Education
- Scar and Pain Management
- Sensory Re-Education
- Joint Protection and/or Energy Modification
- Training in Activities of Daily Living
- Training in Adaptive or Assistive Devices (nerve injury/stroke)
- Custom Orthosis Fabrication