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-informat...
What should I bring with me to my first appointment?
- Prescription from referring physician
- Insurance cards
- 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.
How are you protecting patients from the COVID-19?
During this unprecedented time we have set the following goals to protect us all from the COVID-19 virus.
- Facility will be reserved for patients only. Families/friends will be asked to wait in their cars. Patients who are minors will be required to have an adult with them during treatment. (Please call us to discuss any extenuating circumstances)
- Less than 10 people will be in the treatment area.
- Every effort will be taken to maintain 6 feet distance between individuals.
- Patients will be required to wash hands prior to treatment and wear masks before entering clinic.
- Surfaces disinfected.
- Individual treatment tables for each client.
- Patient temperature will be taken upon entering clinic.