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A hand therapist is an occupational therapist or physical therapist who specializes in treating individuals with conditions affecting the hands and upper extremity (shoulder, arm, elbow, forearm, wrist and hand). Through advanced study and experience, they may also have advanced certification as a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT).
Hand therapists evaluate and treat upper limb disorders that affect hand performance and can assist with restoration of hand function. Conditions include (but not limited to): fractures, nerve injuries, nerve disorders (carpal tunnel & cubital tunnel), tendon injuries, ligament repair, arthritis and tendonitis.
Hand therapy is the management of hand disorders and injuries (post-surgical and non-surgical) that incorporates physical methods which bring together techniques of:
Hand therapy has a crucial role in the recovery from injury of the hand and upper extremity and assists in recovery from surgical interventions to complement and maximize outcomes. The goal is to promote patient return to daily occupations of work, family, friends and recreational activities.