A hand therapist is an occupational or physical therapist who, through advanced continuing education, clinical experience and integration of knowledge in anatomy, physiology and kinesiology, has become proficient in the treatment of pathological upper extremity conditions resulting from trauma, disease, congenital or acquired deformity and may achieve certification as a certified advanced hand therapist or certified hand therapist (CHT).
Hand therapists bridge the gap from medical management of upper extremity conditions to successful recovery, allowing individuals to function normally in their daily lives. Hand therapists provide non-operative interventions, preventative care, & post-surgical rehabilitation for a wide variety of upper extremity 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 hand therapy through education on joint protection, pain management, energy conservation, exercise, & use of adaptive equipment or devices to improve function. At TheraSens, we use a variety of techniques and tools, including myofascial release, modalities, activity and exercise programs, custom orthotic fabrication, & wound care to treat the client's needs. Furthermore, we make ergonomic recommendations to workstations and work methods to ensure healthy work styles of all employees and reduce repetitive injuries.
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