Hand Therapy with a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT)
OrthoRehab provides Hand Therapy with a Certified Hand Therapist, Tim Tracy, CHT, OTR/L, who is specialized area in the rehabilitation of conditions and injuries affecting the hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder. A Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) is an Occupational, or Physical Therapist who has extensive clinical experience, completed additional education and training in the anatomy of hand therapy, has passed a certification exam, and is committed to excellence in the field of Hand Therapy. Certified Hand Therapy is the merging of Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy using therapeutic interventions that can provide several benefits for patients with hand, wrist, and elbow conditions, limitations, and often includes post-operative care.
What Does a CHT Do?
A CHT will assess and evaluate each patient’s specific challenges and work closely with patients to develop customized treatment plans to help improve function and reduce pain. They also provide education to help patients better understand their condition and how to manage it.
Common Conditions Treated by a CHT
CHTs treat a wide range of conditions and injuries affecting the hand, wrist, and elbow, including(but not limited to):
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Trigger Finger
- Fractures and Dislocations
- Dupuytren's Contracture
- De Quervain's Tenosynovitis
- Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)
- Golfer's Elbow (Medial Epicondylitis)
Treatment Techniques Used by a CHT
At OrthoRehab, our hand specialist, Tim Tracy, CHT, OTR/L, may use a variety of treatment techniques to help improve function and reduce pain in patients with hand, wrist, and elbow conditions, including:
- Exercise Therapy: Exercise therapy can help improve strength, flexibility, and range of motion in the affected area.
- Manual Therapy: Manual therapy techniques, such as joint mobilization and soft tissue mobilization, can help reduce pain and improve function.
- Custom Splinting: A custom splint may be recommended to provide support and protection to the affected area during the healing process.
- Education: CHTs provide education on proper posture, ergonomics, and body mechanics to help prevent further injury and manage symptoms.
CHTs also provide post-operative care for patients who have undergone surgery on the hand, wrist, or elbow. Post-operative care may include wound care, pain management, and range of motion exercises to prevent stiffness and promote healing. CHTs work closely with surgeons to develop customized treatment plans to help patients achieve optimal outcomes following surgery
OrthoRehab provides Hand therapy with a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) that can provide several benefits for patients with hand, wrist, and elbow conditions, including post-operative care. A CHT has specialized training and experience in treating these conditions and can provide personalized treatment plans to help improve function and reduce pain. If you are experiencing hand, wrist, or elbow pain or have undergone surgery, talk to your healthcare provider about whether hand therapy with a CHT may be a suitable treatment option for you.