"Hand therapy is the art and science of evaluating and treating injuries and conditions of the upper extremity." - (ASHT.org)
Hand therapy is a specialized area of rehabilitation involved with specifically treating the hand and upper extremity (shoulder-elbow-wrist-hand). A wide range of diagnoses can affect the hand and upper extremity and due to the complexity of this body region, there are knowledgeable therapists that specialize in the rehabilitation of this unique population. At STAR Physical Therapy, there are both Physical Therapists (PT) and Occupational Therapists (OT) with advanced training that treat this specialized area. Some of our therapists (PT and OT) have elected to pursue an advanced certification to become a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT).
What is a Certified Hand Therapist?
Therapists using the CHT designation have been out of PT/OT school for a minimum of 3 years, accumulated at least 4,000 hours of treating hand and upper extremity disorders, and have successfully passed a rigorous comprehensive exam. Our therapists provide patients with evidence-based rehabilitation, following a thorough examination, our therapists create a unique rehabilitation plan including a variety of interventions with the primary goal of restoring optimal functional use of the upper extremity. Our therapists work closely with referring physicians to ensure comprehensive individualized care and maximal recovery.