Hand Therapy is the art and science of evaluation and treating injuries and conditions of the upper extremity (shoulder, arm, elbow, wrist and hand). Hand therapy uses a number of therapeutic interventions to help return a person to their highest level of function.
Hand therapy evolved from the need for a specialist with the knowledge and experience required to manage the challenging recovery of complex hand and upper extremity injuries.
We provide Certified Hand Therapy and Occupational Therapy in the Magic Valley area. A hand therapist works with patients with a variety of upper extremity disorders. For example, patients who may have been affected by an accident of trauma leaving them with wounds, scars, burns, injured tendons or nervs, fractures or even amputation of the fingers, hands or arms.
A hand therapist also treats patients who are disabled for the affects of repetitive motion disorders-such as tennis elbow or carpal tunnel syndrome. Many patients seeking the care of a hand therapist also suffer from such chronic problems as arthritis or a neurological condition.
The therapist's high degree of specialization requires continuing education and, most often, advanced certification. This training enables the hand therapist to more effectively work with patients, hastening their return to a productive lifestyle.
To obtain the CHT credential, a hand therapist must practice as an OT for a minimum of Five years, accumulating at least 4,000 hours of hand and upper extremity experience. Hand therapists must also pass a rigorous certification examination to demonstrate their competency in the practice of hand therapy.