Occupational Therapy by a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT)

Twin Lakes Physical Therapy offers highly specialized therapy for the hand and elbow. Our Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) is one of the few in the region with this distinction.

Have you had hand surgery? Have you had a fracture in your hand, wrist, or elbow? Are you having trouble performing your daily tasks with your hands?

If you answered yes to these questions, you may be a good candidate for therapy by a Certified Hand Therapist!

Definition of Hand Therapy:
“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, restore function 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.” 1

Who is a Certified Hand Therapist?
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 five years. 2

You can search the HTCC website to find a CHT near your location! See the following link: Find a CHT!

Contact our Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) today! (478) 452-6252

Constance Wesson, OTR/L, CHT

1 The Hand Therapy Certification Commission (HTCC), Board of Directors, March 2009.
2 Hand Therapy Certification Commission – Home. (n.d.). Retrieved December 9, 2014, from www.htcc.org

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