hand therapy.

What is hand therapy?

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. A Certified Hand Therapist has a minimum of five years of clinical experience, successfully passed and examination of advanced clinical skills and theory in upper extremity rehabilitation and meets mandated criteria to maintain this specialized credential. Using targeted assessment and treatment, hand therapists work with their patients 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.

occupational hand therapist working on patient in NY for hand pain.

How do I know if I’m a candidate for hand therapy?

Before committing to a hand therapy treatment program, you should be sure that you’re a good candidate, and that hand therapy is actually right for you. Hand therapy can be particularly useful for patients who suffered an accident or trauma that left them with scars, wounds, burns, injured tendons or nerves, fractures, or amputation of fingers, hands, and arms.  Those with conditions like tennis elbow and carpal tunnel also frequently benefit from hand therapy.

While hand therapy can address a wide range of issues, there are a few common instances when you should be sure to book an appointment. These include:

Ulnar wrist pain:

This typically occurs during rotational movements and weight bearing scenarios, and it can really put a damper on your softball season or gym schedule. Hand therapists can put together an effective program for managing ulnar-sided wrist pain, to reduce pain and improve your mobility.

Elbow fractures:

Elbow fractures can really limit your range of motion, and hamper your ability to perform everyday tasks. A hand therapist can help improve your elbow mobility with target exercises and casting.  Read more about elbow pain treatment here.

Wrist fractures:

One of the most common reasons for seeking hand therapy, a wrist fracture is no fun for anyone. The sooner you get it checked out, the happier you’ll be. Read more about wrist pain treatment here.

Occupational hand therapist working on patient for hand pain treatment.

What are some of hand therapy’s main benefits?

  • Treatments that don’t require an operation
  • Reducing sensitivity to nerve issues
  • Relief from pain
  • Teaching patient how to make splints to help improve stiffness
  • Expedited timeline for returning to work
  • Increased ability to perform everyday tasks
  • Regaining feeling after a nerve injury
  • Help crafting personalized home exercise programs that will benefit your movement and strength

Our hand therapy services

  • ADL (Activities of Daily Living) Training
  • Adaptive Equipment
  • Custom Orthotic Fabrication
  • Custom Splinting
  • Dexterity Training
  • Edema Management
  • Ergonomic Evaluations
  • Home Exercise Programs
  • Joint Mobilization
  • Nerve Mobilization
  • Pain Management
  • Physical Agent and Modalities
  • Scar Management
  • Sensory Desensitization and Re-education
  • Strengthening
  • Therapeutic Exercises to Improve Range of Motion and Function
  • Work Hardening/Conditioning
  • Wound Care

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Our 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.

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Our Hand Therapy Mentorship Program

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.

Program Details

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
  • Splinting Workshops
  • Surgeon Lectures
  • Journal Clubs
  • Medbridge Hand Therapy Learning Tracks
  • Monthly Clinical Outline, focuses on specific topics that include:
    • Hands-on-experience
    • 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.

Hand Therapy Clinics in New York City: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens

Hand Therapy Clinics in New York Long Island, Nassau County

Hand Therapy Clinics in New York Long Island, Suffolk County

Hand Therapy Clinics in New York Westchester County

Occupational Hand Therapy Clinics in New Jersey

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.


New York, New Jersey, Connecticut

  • Aetna (NY, NJ, CT)
  • AmeriHealth (NJ)
  • Anthem BCBS (CT)
  • Cigna/ASH (NY, NJ, CT)
  • ClearComp (NY/NJ)
  • Comp X (Workers Compensation: NJ)
  • ConnectiCare (CT)
  • Department of Labor (NY, NJ, CT)
  • Empire BCBS (Individual Providers In Network – NY)
  • Empire Plan MPN (UHC – NY, NJ)
  • First MCO (Workers Compensation: NJ)
  • GHI (Emblem Health – NY, NJ, CT)
  • HIP (Emblem Health – NY)
  • Homelink (NY, NJ, CT)
  • Horizon BCBS (NJ)
  • Magna Care (NY, NJ, CT) *Effective January 15, 2022
  • Medicare (NY, NJ, CT)
  • MedRisk (Workers’ Compensation – NY, NJ, CT)
  • MultiPlan (NY, NJ, CT)
  • New Jersey Manufacturers (NJM – NJ)
  • No Fault (Various Carriers)
  • Northwell Health Clinical Integration Network IPA (NY)
  • OccuNet (NJ)
  • One Call (NY, NJ)
  • Oscar Health Plan (NY)
  • Oxford (NY, NJ, CT)
  • Providers Edge Scheduling Group/PESG (WC)
  • QualCare (NJ)
  • Qual-Lynx (Workers' Comp. - NJ)
  • SPNET (Workers' Comp - NY, NJ, CT)
  • Streamline (NJ)
  • Therapy Direct (Workers Compensation: NY, NJ, CT)
  • United Health Care (NY, NJ, CT)
  • Veterans Choice (NY, NJ, CT)
  • Veterans Administration (NY, NJ, CT)
  • WellCare (NJ)
  • Workers’ Compensation (Various Carriers)

Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire

  • Aetna (NH, MA)
  • Aetna (Orthonet – CT)
  • AllWays (formerly Neighborhood Health Plan – MA)
  • Ambetter/NH Healthy Families (NH)
  • Amerihealth Caritas (effective date 4/27/2020 - NH)
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield (NH)
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield (CT)
  • BCBS Massachusetts (MA)
  • BMC (Boston Medical Center – MA)
  • CeltiCare (MA)
  • Cigna (ASH - MA, NH, Farmington, CT)
  • Commonwealth Care Alliance (MA)
  • ConnectiCare (CT)
  • Fallon Health (MA)
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Care (NH, MA, CT)
  • Health New England (MA)
  • Homelink (MA, NH, Farmington, CT)
  • Magna Care (MA, NH, CT) * Effective January 15, 2022
  • Martin’s Point Health Care (NH)
  • Massachusetts Health (Medicaid – MA)
  • Medicaid (MA, NH, Farmington, CT)
  • Medicare (NH, MA, CT)
  • Med Risk (Workers Compensation: MA)
  • No Fault (Various Carriers)
  • One Call (Workers Compensation: MA, NH)
  • SPNET (Workers' Comp - MA, NH, Farmington, CT)
  • Therapy Direct (Workers Compensation: MA, NH, CT)
  • Tufts Health Plan (NH, MA, CT)
  • Tufts Public (Medicaid – MA)
  • UniCare (NH, MA)
  • United Health Care (Optum – NH, MA, CT)
  • WellSense (NH)
  • Workers’ Compensation (Various Carriers)

We will work in an effective way to get you back on your feet, focused on your wellness during and after therapy.