Evolved from both the occupational therapy (OT) and the physical therapy (PT) professions, hand therapy is a specialty that provides quality rehabilitation of the hand and arm. Therapists must meet education and experience requirements to become Certified Hand Therapists through the Hand Therapy Certification Commission.
Hand therapy is ideal for patients with
- Bone fractures
- Injured tendons or nerves
- Amputation of a finger, hand, or arm
- Repetitive motion disorders, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, and arthritis
- Neurological disorders
Upon referral, an experienced OT or PT completes a full evaluation of the affected extremity. Following the evaluation, an individualized treatment program is developed to address the patient's needs. The program is modified as necessary throughout the course of therapy to maximize functional outcome and use of the injured or affected extremity.