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Occupational/Hand Therapy

Why See a Hand Therapist?

Hand therapy, a specialty practice area of occupational therapy, treats orthopedic-based upper extremity conditions to optimize the use of the hand and arm.

Our qualified hand therapists can evaluate and treat any problem related to the upper extremity. They can rehabilitate and promote wellness by providing injury prevention, nonoperative or conservative care of acquired dysfunction or postoperative treatment.

The hand therapist works closely with both the physician and the patient to provide a continuum of care and ensure timely and appropriate treatment interventions. This often starts within days of injury or surgery and continues through to the patient’s return to his or her prior lifestyle.

UOA provides our patients with the most up-to-date and evidence-based treatments. That’s why all of our hand therapists hold or are working toward the certified hand therapist (CHT) credential.

A CHT is an occupational therapist or physical therapist by profession with at least three years of experience and 4,000 hours of hand therapy practice (upper extremity rehabilitation). A CHT must also pass a certification examination that demonstrates knowledge of all areas of hand therapy.

The ultimate goal of hand therapy is to ensure that the rehabilitation process promotes healing to help patients return to their daily activities. This is accomplished through a variety of techniques including manual mobilization and manipulation of tissue, activity and exercise programs and custom-fabricated static and dynamic orthoses.

Our therapists will work closely with you and your physician for you to maximize your ability to be you. If you have a condition that limits the use of your hand or arm, schedule an appointment with one of our hand therapists and get back to doing the things you want.