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Hand Therapy

What is a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT)?

Hand Therapy at Juneau Physical TherapyA CHT is an occupational or physical therapist who has a minimum of five years clinical experience, at least 4000 hours of direct practice in hand therapy, and has successfully passed a comprehensive test of advanced clinical skills and theory in upper quarter rehabilitation. CHTs are therapists who demonstrate personal dedication to the profession of hand therapy and hold a desire for advanced competency. Certification is voluntary and difficult to attain. It involves meeting rigorous standards, developing long-range career paths, and acquiring the advanced study and training required to pass the certification examination. The CHT credential is recognized by many professional organizations as a benchmark for excellence.

Why Any Hand Problem deserves a CHT?

People value the use of their hands and any injury or accident may have a devastating effect on their lives. Anyone with an injury wants the very best of treatment to assure maximal recovery. The Certified Hand Therapist credential offers assurance to the public that the therapist has achieved the highest level of competency in the profession and stays up to day with practice standards within the field. The intricate anatomy of the arm and hand requires a high level of competence by therapists with advanced skills in upper quarter rehabilitation.

Referral Conditions:

Digit, Wrist Elbow Fractures
Digit, Wrist, Elbow Sprains
Osteo and Rheumatoid Arthritis
Tendonitis/cumulative Trauma
Median, Radial, Ulnar Nerve Irritation
Wounds/Scar Management
Ergonomics & Job Assessment
Tendon laceration & repairs
Nerve laceration & repairs
Digit, thumb, wrist, elbow Arthroplasty
Dupuytren’s Contracture
Carpal Tunnel Release
First Dorsal Extensor Release
Trigger Digit Release

Treatment Skills/Options

Range of Motion
Joint Mobilization
Distal Nerve Glides
Progressive Strengthening
Splinting (custom & pre-fabricated)
Serial Digital Casts
Activity Modification/Adaptations
Edema Control
Modalities (thermal and non)
Comprehensive Home Exercises