Hand therapy is the art and science of rehabilitation of the upper limb, which includes the hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder. The goal of hand therapy is to promote healing to assist a person’s ability to complete tasks and to participate fully in daily life, including at work and at home.
A hand therapist is an occupational therapist (OT) who, through advanced study and experience, specializes in treating individuals with conditions affecting the hands and upper extremity. An occupational therapist (OT) helps patients return to their daily “occupations.”
In the OT world, “occupation” is defined as anything patients do from the moment they wake up until they go to sleep. This could include caring for loved ones, performing chores around the house, self-care, job duties, or any other activities that their condition or injury limits them from doing.
Hand therapists have a unique relationship with their patients and work in conjunction with physicians to provide a continuum of care. Their goal is to return their patients to their highest level of functionality and a productive lifestyle.
We have many certified hand therapists on staff who have achieved a specialty certification in upper extremity rehabilitation. This certification requires 4000 hours of experience and five years of therapy experience before taking and passing a rigorous national exam.
Center for Hand Therapy
Our team of occupational hand therapists in the Center for Hand Therapy are licensed professionals with extensive clinical experience. Along with fully equipped, modern therapy facilities, we are able to provide the highest level of care to each patient.
Our OT staff and hand physicians work with each patient to create and implement customized treatment plans based on the individual’s rehabilitative needs. Working closely together as a team maximizes the patient’s functional outcome.
The OT team also educates patients on appropriate exercises that can be done at home to assist with their rehab. This home exercise program helps patients reach optimum results faster and promotes independent management of symptoms.