What is a Certified Hand Therapist?
A certified hand therapist is an occupational therapist or physical therapist who, through advanced study and experience, specializes in the evaluation and treatment of individuals with conditions affecting the hands, wrist, forearm, and elbow. (American Society of Hand Therapists)
If you have trouble recovering from an injury or surgery or experience a decrease in strength or motion, a free consultation with Makovicka Physical Therapy’s Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) may start you on your journey to greater function in your day-to-day tasks.
What can a Certified Hand Therapist do for me?
- A certified hand therapist can provide accurate assessments, immediate care, and effective treatment to reduce treatment time. A certified hand therapist can provide the most comprehensive care for their patients.
- Faster recovery results in decreased medical costs
- Functional outcomes ensure a faster return to work and a productive lifestyle
What types of services does a Certified Hand Therapist offer?
- Fine Motor Skills
- Pain Management
- Wound and Scar Management
- Muscle Strengthening
- Ergonomic Education
- Edema Management
- Manual Therapy (IASTM)
- Custom Splint Fabrication
- Use of Electrotherapeutic, Superficial and Deep Thermal Agents
What kind of education does a Certified Hand Therapist need?
To become a certified hand therapist (CHT), a hand therapist must practice for a minimum of three years and accumulate a minimum of 4,000 hours of treatment for hand and upper extremity disorders. They must pass a rigorous certification exam to demonstrate competency. Recertification must take place every five years because of changes in the profession.
Benefits of Certified Hand Therapy