What is a Certified Hand Therapist and Why Should I Work With One?

Find out what a Certified Hand Therapist is and why you should work with one.


What is Hand therapy?

Hand Therapy is the Art & Science of Rehabilitation of the upper parts of the body including shoulders, arms, elbows, forearms, wrists, and hands. Hand Therapy is a combination of Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy that requires knowledge of the upper body’s function and activity. Hand Therapists work to prevent injury and pain and restore function to an injured area.


What is a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT)?

A Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) is an Occupational Therapist or a Physical Therapist who has specialized in upper extremity rehabilitation. In order to become a CHT, the therapist must be out of school for at least 5 years and have accumulated 2+ years of direct practice in upper extremity rehab. Once these requirements have been met, candidates are now eligible to take a rigorous national exam. After passing the exam, the therapist can use the credentials CHT. In order to maintain this certification, Certified Hand Therapists must stay up to date on the latest surgical techniques and therapy principles and attend several education courses each year.


What are the benefits of working with a CHT?

Certified Hand Therapists are recognized as specialists by Allied Health professionals (Doctors, Nurses, Lawyers, etc.) and are designated to evaluate and treat highly complex and more sophisticated injuries. Motus Rehabilitation employs CHT’s at all our locations, and there are several therapists actively preparing to achieve CHT status. The CHT credential is recognized as a benchmark for excellence in advanced specialty credentialing in healthcare. The next time you or a loved one needs rehabilitation on the upper parts of the body, look for the credentials you can place trust and confidence in.

Motus Rehabilitation proudly staffs Certified Hand Therapists at all our locations.


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