A certified hand therapist or CHT is an occupational therapist or physical therapist who has a minimum of five years of clinical experience, including 2,000 hours or more in direct practice in hand therapy. In addition, the certified hand therapist must successfully pass a comprehensive test of advanced clinical skills and theory in upper extremity rehabilitation. A CHT is part of an exceptional group of occupational therapists and physical therapists who have met the standards set by experts in hand therapy. They have demonstrated their professional commitment to excellence by obtaining these voluntary credentials.
People value the use of their hands and any loss of function through injury or accident can devastate lives. Anyone with an injury wants nothing but the very best to assure maximum recovery. A certified hand therapist offers the public assurance that the therapist treating them has achieved the highest level of competency in the profession and stays current in the field.
The intricate anatomy of the arm and hand requires delicate surgery, often with microscopic techniques. The technical complexity of these kinds of surgeries necessitates a high level of competence during the postoperative recovery by therapists with advanced skills in upper extremity rehabilitation. Therapists must be knowledgeable about these advanced surgical techniques and postoperative therapy programs to become CHTs. They must also remain knowledgeable about changes in hand therapy practices.
Certification is voluntary and difficult to attain. Certification involves meeting a standard and developing a career path. Preparing to pass the certification examination requires advanced study and training. A CHT is someone who has demonstrated a personal dedication to the profession of hand therapy and a desire for advanced competency. CHTs are therapists who have studied long and hard to advance themselves. They bring to their work a commitment and dedication to reach and maintain the highest standards in their profession. The CHT credential is recognized by many professional organizations as a benchmark for excellence in advanced specialty credentialing in health care.
Certified hand therapists treat:
Tumors and Cysts
Rotator Cuff Injuries
Sprains or Strains