Why Choose a

Certified Hand Therapist (CHT)?

Our hand therapists are at the top of their field. Combined, they have over 45 years of experience and hold the highest level of training for treating hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder pain or injuries. Over half of our hand therapists are certified hand therapists (CHTs), which means they have a minimum of three years of clinical experience, including 4,000 hours or more in direct practice in hand therapy. In addition:

  • CHT’s are dedicated professionals who have a commitment to meet the highest standards of their profession. The hand and arm have extremely intricate anatomy and complexity. Rehabilitation of the hand and arm requires in-depth knowledge and up-to-date techniques.
     

  • Certified Hand Therapists are able to initiate treatment immediately after following surgery, even often while stitches are still in place. Early referral to a hand therapist is effective in preventing further surgeries and obtaining an optimal outcome.

Hand Therapy Treatment

Our hand therapists have a variety of tools and techniques at their disposal. Depending on your condition and goals, we may recommend one or several of the following treatments to improve the function of your arm or hand:
 

  • Activity plans designed to increase motion, dexterity and strength

  • Compression therapy and edema management

  • Desensitization, sensory re-education and sensory compensation techniques

  • Electrical stimulation

  • Therapeutic modalities for tissue and joint preconditioning to minimize pain and stiffness

  • Functional assessment and modifications

  • Joint protection and energy conservation training

  • Behavioral management

  • Techniques and suggestions for assistive devices

  • Manual therapy

  • Custom-made orthotics to help protect your hand after a surgery, immobilize it, correct an injury or deformity, etc.

  • Pain management

  • Patient and family education

  • Training for using prosthetics

  • Scar tissue management

  • Heat and cold treatments

  • Wound care