What is Hand Therapy?
According to the American Society of Hand Therapists, hand therapy is the art and science of evaluating and treating injuries and conditions related to the upper extremity, including the shoulder, arm, elbow, forearm, wrist and hand. Through the use of a variety of treatment approaches and modalities, hand therapists are able to help people return to their highest level of functioning.
Who are Hand Therapists?
A Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) is a licensed occupational or physical therapist who has advanced study and practice experience in treating conditions affecting the shoulder, arm, elbow, wrist and hand. In order to obtain the CHT credential, a therapist must have at least three years of practice experience, with 4,000 hours of hand and upper extremity experience. In addition to practice experience, hand therapists also must pass a rigorous certification exam to demonstrate competency in the area of the hand and upper extremity.
How can I see a Hand Therapist?
Conway Medical Center’s Occupational Therapy department has two Certified Hand Therapists on staff located in the Rehabilitation Services Building. Common conditions that are treated by our hand therapists include arthritis, tendinitis, pain management, fractures, tendon injuries & repairs, custom splint/orthotic fabrication, as well as neurological conditions including CVA.
If you feel that you could benefit from Hand & Occupational Therapy services, talk to your healthcare provider for a referral!
2369 Cypress Circle, Conway, SC 29526