What is Hand Therapy?
Certified hand therapists (CHTs) are physical or occupational therapists who demonstrate a personal dedication to the profession of hand therapy and a desire for advanced competency. They have the highest level of training in the profession for the treatment of hands, wrists, elbows and shoulders. Many medical professionals recognize certified hand therapy credentials as a benchmark for programs requiring clinical expertise for the management of injuries and medical conditions to the upper extremities.
CHTs will evaluate your specific injury and provide individualized treatment for both acute and chronic conditions.
With superior therapeutic interventions, you may be able to reverse dysfunctional pathologies and restore normal function in your hands.
- Upper extremity fractures/dislocations
- Crush injuries
- Tendon/ligament/nerve laceration
- Serious burns/wounds/prevention of scar tissue development
- Sprains or strains
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Autoimmune disorders inhibiting hand function
*Services are not available at all locations. Call or click the location page near you for that center’s services.
What to Expect
Every patient has a unique health history, diagnosis and personal goals. When you come for your first appointment, we will create a personalized treatment plan for you.
We work with most major insurance providers and do our best to help keep the paperwork pain-free. If you’d like to confirm your insurance coverage, please let us know and we can verify when you schedule. If your insurance provider requires a co-pay, we will ask for this payment at each visit. We accept payments by cash, check or credit card.
When to Arrive
On average, a patient’s first visit lasts about an hour. We typically ask patients to arrive 15 minutes early to sign-in, complete paperwork and/or change clothes.
What to Bring
On your first visit, you’ll need to bring your physician referral or prescription (if needed), your insurance card, your primary registration forms, your ID or driver’s license and your co-payment (as applicable). If desired, you may bring a change of clothing.
How it Works
During your first visit, your physical therapist will do an initial evaluation and discuss your plan of care. The therapist uses this information to set goals for your continued treatment. Physical therapy goals may include improved movement, strength, endurance and flexibility, as well as decreased pain. Your subsequent visits will focus on treatment that is based on your diagnosis and individualized goals.