Hand therapy, or rehabilitation, is a specialized area of rehabilitation used to increase the strength and function of the hand. Rehabilitation may include physical therapy and/or occupational therapy.
Your doctor may refer you to a physical therapist or occupational therapist with advanced skills called a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT). The CHT credential means the therapist has completed additional education and has earned credentials beyond a therapy degree. Certified hand therapists work with individuals in industrial, athletic and performing artist groups.
Therapy of the hand may include one or more of the following:
- exercises for the hand
- heat therapy
- massage therapy
- nerve stimulation
People value the use of their hands and any loss of function through injury, accident, or disease may have a devastating effect on their lives. Hand therapy is common following hand surgery to restore tendons, nerves, and joint function. Hand therapists also work with diagnoses related to the arm that may include, but are not limited to:
- congenital anomalies
- fractures and lacerations
- overuse syndromes/repetitive strain injuries
- vascular/lymphatic problems
Covenant Therapy Centers accept most insurance and managed care plans. For questions or information about the clinic nearest you call (865) 541-4500.