What is a Hand Therapist? A hand therapist is an occupational or physical therapist who, through advanced study, specializes in rehabilitating patients with conditions affecting the hands and upper extremity.
The therapist’s high degree of specialization requires continuing education and, most often, advanced certification. This enables the hand therapist to work with patients hastening their return to a productive lifestyle.
Why Choose a Certified Hand Therapist? 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 for treating the hand, wrist, elbow, and shoulder and stays up to date with practice within the field.
Who Does a Hand Therapist Serve? Candidates include, but are not limited to, those with arthritis, fractures, tendon injuries, nerve compressions including carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, rotator cuff injuries, crush injuries, and a variety of repetitive motion disorders of the entire upper extremity.
A hand therapist works with the patient – in any situation – to provide a continuum of care. This often starts within days of the injury or surgery right through to the patient’s return to work and/or a productive lifestyle.