CHT’s also provide non-operative interventions, preventative care and post-surgical rehabilitation for a wide variety of disorders, from simple fingertip injuries to complex replanted extremities.
Patients with chronic conditions, such as arthritis, or neurologic conditions, such as a stroke, can benefit from CHT therapy through education on joint protection and energy conservation, and with recommendations for adaptive equipment or devices to improve function.
A CHT employs a variety of techniques and tools, including activity and exercise programs, custom orthotic fabrication, management of pain and swelling and wound and scar care.
What is a Hand Therapist?
What is an Occupational Therapist?
What is a Certified Hand Therapist?
A hand therapist is a Physical Therapist or an Occupational Therapist with more advanced continuing education, clinical experience, and integration of knowledge in anatomy, physiology, and kinesiology.
Occupational therapists are also more proficient in the treatment of pathological conditions resulting from trauma, disease, and congenital, or acquired deformity.
An Occupational Therapist may also achieve an advanced certification known as a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT).
CHT’s bridge the gap from medical management to successful recovery, allowing individuals to function normally in their daily lives.
Sharon Keefe has developed a successful practice exclusively with Certified Hand Therapists.