In case your doctor has carried out a fancy surgical procedure or you might have an advanced harm or sickness, he could specify that you just see an authorized hand therapist (CHT) moderately than a normal observe occupational or bodily therapist.
To make sure, a CHT is an occupational or bodily therapist with at the very least three years of expertise.
However a CHT additionally has 4,000 or extra hours of expertise with higher extremity rehabilitation, or hand remedy, based on the American Society of Hand Therapists.
A CHT will need to have handed a certification examination that demonstrates information of all areas of hand remedy. This credential have to be renewed each 5 years by continued schooling and ongoing observe within the subject of hand remedy (ASHT, 2019).
As a remedy specialist, a CHT can consider and deal with orthopedic issues together with post-operative hand accidents (e.g. tendon repairs); repetitive accidents corresponding to carpal tunnel syndrome, DeQuervains tenosynovitis, tennis elbow, and rotator cuff issues; arthritis; and nerve accidents of the hand and arm.
For example, a CHT would possibly make a customized orthosis or splint to assist the therapeutic or injured buildings of a affected person’s hand. This orthosis would require in depth information of the harm and hand anatomy and a sensible information of the thermoplastic or casting materials that may finest assist the hand.
In one other instance, a doctor would possibly refer a affected person to a CHT to manage specialised testing to help in a prognosis. A CHT would possibly work with a affected person to lower irritation and ache that’s masking the true underlying downside.
For extra details about Licensed Hand Remedy, go to ASHT.org. To seek out the clinic nearest to you, use our location finder.
American Society of Hand Therapists (ASHT). 2019. Why see a hand therapist? Retrieved on March 8, 2019: https://www.asht.org/sufferers/why-see-hand-therapist
Written by Pam Tutten, OTD, OT, CHT, CFE, Mount Holly, NC heart