Hand Therapy is the discipline that addresses injuries and conditions of the hand, wrist, elbow, and shoulder. A Certified Hand Therapist (CHT), is an Occupational Therapist or Physical Therapist who, through advanced study, has specialized in rehabilitating patients with conditions that affect the hand, wrist, elbow, and shoulder.
Hand therapists are specialized in treating upper extremity conditions including: traumatic injuries, fractures and dislocations, sports injuries, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel, amputations, burns and frostbite, arthritis, tendon and nerve injuries.
Hand therapists can work as consultants with various industries to establish preventive programs for workers at risk of developing cumulative trauma disorders. They recommend modifications of work stations and alternative work methods to help ensure healthy work styles of all employees.
Hand Therapy can play an integral part in the treatment for people with arthritis. Benefits of hand therapy treatments may include: reduction of pain, deformity, disability, instability, ncreased range of motion, strength and endurance
The CHT credential is the ultimate level of recognition in the specialty of hand therapy today. These credentials are awarded solely to Occupational or Physical Therapists who have reached a high level of competency through the process defined by the Hand Therapy Certification Commission (HTCC). The certification process requires that the therapist have a minimum of five years experience. In addition, advanced studies and extensive continuing medical education courses are necessary to be eligible to take the national certifying examination. Certification must be renewed every five years
A Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) Salary: $58,397 – $92,076