The human hand is an amazing example of exceptional anatomical
architecture that differentiates us from all living beings on the planet.
In essence, the ‘Certified Hand Therapist’, or ‘CHT’ can be an Occupational Therapist or a Physical Therapist, who is licensed and a practicing therapist in the United States for more than five years with extensive hands-on experience of at least 4000 hours, in treating hand injuries and impairments.
When all the strict pre-conditions are met, the therapist then takes a difficult board examination conducted by Hand Therapy Certification Commission. Upon passing the test, the community has a new Certified Hand Therapist. He or she can then provide specialized Hand Therapy services to all patients with hand trauma or surgery and call themselves CHT’s.
CHT’s are always trusted and preferred by all Specialist Hand Surgeons
(Plastic or Orthopedic), to take care of their post-surgical and post trauma
hand patients. This trust develops due to our ability to give them excellent
results and making their patients happy for regaining as much hand
functions as possible.
We as human beings, interact with our environment through our hands and make things happen in our professional and personal life. Hands perform millions of functions for us every day without us even thinking about it!
It is exactly the reason why hands are so intricate and complicated.
Compromising the hand functions, due to injury or impairment, can reduce our interaction with the world significantly, affecting our psycho-social life. Loss of hand functions is a devstating blow to any human being and need to be taken seriously.
Certified Hand Therapist’s know how to take care of wounded and disabled hands in a very specialized and methodical way. The goal is to make hands better in function as well as in appearance.
CHT’s are always trusted and preferred by all Specialist Hand Surgeons (Plastic or Orthopedic), to take care of their post-surgical and post trauma hand patients. This trust develops due to our ability to give them excellent results and making their patients happy for regaining as much hand functions as possible.
Certified Hand Therapist’s know how to take care of wounded and disabled hands due to possession of extensive knowledge and experience in treating hand injuries-impairments. They are very good in timely and correct interventions with different ways and means, which is critical in having a very good prognosis.
They know many different treatment protocols for specific conditions such as forearm-wrist and finger fractures, tendon injuries which are very common and nerve injuries as well as crush injuries which usually involve all the structures. CHT’s know the anatomy and physiology of healing hands very well.
They are aware of the psycho-social effects of hand injuries and are very good in establishing a rapport with the patient. That bond of trust they develop with the patient and family is the most important part in successful hand rehabilitation.
CHT’s also have the unique ability to effectively use all modalities such as hot packs, ultrasound, lectrical stimulation, TEN's, NME's. They also have expertise needed to fabricate multiple custom static and dynamic splints.
Splinting and Orthotics for wrist-fingers and thumb for protection of healing structures or to regain or to retain range of motion is critical for hand Therapy. CHTs know all the diagnoses, conditions and the clinical presentations. They will either make their own educated decision to treat the problem in a certain way or they will communicate with the referring specialist Hand Surgeon and discuss about the course of intervention, if needed!
This close communication and coordination between the hand therapist and a Hand surgeon is essential to formulate and execute a successful treatment plan to regain all hand functions.
Certified Hand Therapy for hand injuries & rehabilitation by combining principles and practices of an occupational therapist (OT) and a physical therapist (PT), to create specialized "certified hand therapist" or "CHT"