At Motus Rehabilitation, we like to boast that each of our offices has a Certified Hand Therapist on staff. But what is a Certified Hand Therapist, and why should you ask to be referred to one?
What is a Certified Hand Therapist?
A Certified Hand Therapist is an Occupational Therapist who has at least three years of experience as well as 4,000 hours of hand therapy practice. Certified Hand Therapists must pass an exam to be certified. They have to do continuing education and renew their certification every five years.
What does a Certified Hand Therapist do?
A CHT offers treatment to help you resume the normal activities of your daily life. In some cases, hand therapy can be used to resolve problems without the need for surgery. More often, hand therapy is used to help patients recover after surgery.
Hand therapists help people heal by creating a treatment plan based on their condition and their normal daily activities. That plan includes sessions with a hand therapist, and exercises to do at home.
What conditions does a Certified Hand Therapist treat?
Hand therapy can be used to treat a wide variety of conditions. Some patients are treated to recover from traumatic injuries like fractures, amputations and burns. Others are treated for conditions such as tendinitis, tennis elbow and trigger finger.
Where can you find a Certified Hand Therapist near you?
When it comes to hand therapy, Detroit can depend on Motus Rehabilitation. We staff a Certified Hand Therapist at every location. If you think that hand therapy might help you heal, ask your doctor about referring you to Motus Rehabilitation. You may also make an appointment online to be evaluated for hand therapy.