The American Society of Hand Therapists (ASHT) defines hand therapy as “the art and science of rehabilitation of the upper extremity of the human body, which includes the hand, wrist, elbow, and shoulder girdle.”
Hand therapists are occupational therapists or physical therapists who, through extra training and experience, have specialized knowledge of upper extremity function. Using specialized skills in assessment and treatment, hand therapists work with their clients to prevent injury or impairment, restore functional activity, and enhance participation in daily life.
How can hand therapy help me?
A qualified hand therapist can evaluate and treat any problem relative to the upper extremities. The hand therapist can effectively treat and rehabilitate the patient through postoperative rehabilitation, preventative, non-operative, or conservative treatment, or industry consultation.
The therapist works closely with the physician and patient to provide a continuum of care. This often starts within days of the injury or surgery right through to the patient’s return to work and/or a productive lifestyle.
Get hand physical therapy today
Our physical and occupational therapists will diagnose your hand pain and customize a rehabilitation plan just for you. We will work in an effective way to get you back on your feet, focused on your wellness before, during and after therapy.
Insurances We Accept
Below is a condensed list of insurances we participate with throughout our network of physical therapy clinics. Find your particular provider below based on your area. For a complete listing of all insurance providers and individual plans by name: CLICK HERE FOR OUR FULL INSURANCE PAGE.
Professional’s Hand Therapy Mentorship Program is designed for Physical Therapists and Occupational Therapists at all stages of experience including new graduates who are looking to gain clinical knowledge of how to treat hand-related injuries, and for those experienced therapists looking to expand their clinical practice knowledge. The program works through the disciplines required to prepare clinicians for the Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) exam.
Professional’s Hand Therapy Mentorship Program is an 11 month clinically-based program, with onsite training and education with a CHT mentor to gain proficiency in the evaluation and treatment of hand therapy. The program includes:
Manual Skill Training
Medbridge Hand Therapy Learning Tracks
Monthly Clinical Outline, focuses on specific topics that include:
Detailed learning documents
Monthly readings from The Rehab of the Hand textbook and peer-rated journal articles, as well as other timely articles
Open-ended discussion group calls to discuss study material and methods of study. The call is moderated by a different CHT each month, allowing the student to learn from different perspectives.
Professional’s Hand Therapy Mentorship Program is well-known for its interactive learning forum. Each participant, under the supervision of a mentor, benefits from their guidance and expertise, as well as the collaborative nature of the organization.