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Common Questions


Who uses Hand Therapy or Occupational Therapy?

Our Occupational Therapists assist individuals who are in need of increasing flexibility, decreasing pain or building strength. Additionally, we help patients who have undergone surgeries and who are in need of therapy to regain optimal physical functionality.


What is Hand Therapy?

Hand Therapy is the art and science of rehabilitation of the upper limb, which includes the hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder girdle.  It is a merging of occupational therapy and physical therapy theory and practice.   


Why is it important for me to see a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT)?

The treatment of the upper extremity is a highly specialized skill.  The CHT credential ensures that the therapist has attained the highest level of competency in the care of the upper extremity.  The CHT has up-to-date knowledge and expertise in surgical techniques.  This is critical in post injury and surgery care, allowing the therapist to protect the delicate structures while helping you restore your motion and function.  


What is a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT)?

  • CHT is a separate credenitial that an experienced therapist can attain through advanced study and training.  They have dedicated their careers to this specialization.
  • CHT's are therapists who have a minimum of 5 years experience and 4,000 hours in the direct care of patients with upper extremity injuries.
  • CHT's have passed a comprehensive examination of in-depth anatomy and physiology, theory and advanced clinical skills in treatment of the shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand. 
  • For more information on the CHT credential, visit the certifying organizations website at www.htcc.org/consumer-information

What should I bring with me to my first appointment?
  • Prescription from referring physician
  • Insurance cards
  • Identification
  • Referral (if required) from primary care physcian
  • List of medications including dosages
  • SIgned forms (from our forms page)

What should I wear?

Comfortable, nonrestrictive clothing that allows us to evaluate your area of injury.


How long does each visit take?

Normally, appointments are approx 60 minutes.  The initial visit and custom splinting visits may take longer.


How long will I need therapy?

You will need to attend your therapy sessions until you, your physician and your therapist decide that you have reached your desired level of function or that further therapy would not be beneficial. 


Will my insurance pay for therapy?


Generally, most insurance companies pay for occupational therapy. As a courtesy to you we will contact your insurance company to check on your insurance benefits before you start therapy.


Do I need a physician's referral for therapy?


Most insurance companies will require that you get a physician's referral for occupational therapy, which you need to bring to your first appointment.