What is a Hand Therapist?
A hand therapist is an occupational or physical therapist who, through advanced study, specializes in rehabilitating clients with conditions affecting the hands and upper extremity.
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 clients with upper extremity conditions, hastening their return to a productive lifestyle.
Who does a Hand Therapist Serve?
A hand therapist works with a variety of upper extremity disorders. For example, clients who may have been affected by an accident or trauma leaving them with scars, burns, injured tendons or nerves, fractures, or amputations of the finger, hands or arms.
Hand therapists also treat clients who are disabled from the effects of repetitive motion disorders - such as tennis elbow and carpal tunnel syndrome. Many others seeking the care of a hand therapist may suffer from such chronic problems as arthritis or a neurological condition.
Hand therapists work with the client - in any situation to provide a continuum of care. This often starts within the first few days of the injury or surgery right through to the clients return to work and/or a productive lifestyle.
Qualified hand therapists can assess and identify problems of the upper extremity. The hand therapist then effectively treats and rehabilitates the client. For more information about hand therapy, contact us.