Certified Hand Therapy (CHT)
A Certified Hand Therapist works with the fine motor skills of an individual, merging occupational and physical therapy theory and practice that combines comprehensive knowledge of the upper quarter, body function and activity. Using specialized skills in assessment and treatment, hand therapists promote the goals of prevention of dysfunction, restoration of function, and/or reversal of the progression of pathology in order to enhance participation in life situations for individuals with upper quarter disease or injury.
Due to the complex structure of the hand, it is essential that extensive training and experience be brought to any type of hand therapy services. TuDor's Certified Hand Therapists (CHT's) are required to obtain a minimum of five years of clinical experience, including 2,000 hours in the direct practice of hand therapy, as well as successful completion of a comprehensive test of advanced clinical skills and theory in upper extremity rehabilitation.
TuDor prides itself on being one of the only therapy centers in the area to offer certified hand therapy services.
Most orthopedic hand surgeons require that their patients only receive hand therapy from a CHT, further reinforcing the importance placed on the treatment they provide. The intricate anatomy of the arm and hand frequently requires very delicate surgery, often with microscopic techniques. The technical complexity of these kinds of surgeries necessitates a high level of competence by therapists with advanced skills in upper quarter rehabilitation during postoperative recovery. Therapists must be knowledgeable about these advanced surgical techniques and postoperative therapy programs to become CHTs. They must also remain current with changes in hand therapy practice.
TuDor's Certified Hand Therapists are able to manage these common diagnoses:
TuDor's CHT's are highly skilled in evaluating and treating; wounds and scars, edema, strength and endurance, pain, range of motion, sensibility, and activities for daily living. Our CHT's provide custom splinting services, further assisting in the goal of complete recovery for their patients.
Our CHT's are also highly specialized in treating patients suffering from carpal tunnel. In fact, TuDor uses FDA approved cold, low level laser in combination with other modalities, to provide the best care possible.