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What’s Licensed Hand Remedy?

Apr 2

In case your doctor has carried out a posh surgical procedure or you have got an advanced damage or sickness, he might specify that you simply see a licensed hand therapist (CHT) reasonably than a basic apply occupational or bodily therapist.

To make sure, a CHT is an occupational or bodily therapist with no less than 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 data of all areas of hand remedy. This credential should be renewed each 5 years by means of continued schooling and ongoing apply within the area 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 equivalent to carpal tunnel syndrome, DeQuervains tenosynovitis, tennis elbow, and rotator cuff issues; arthritis; and nerve accidents of the hand and arm.

As an illustration, a CHT may make a customized orthosis or splint to help the therapeutic or injured buildings of a affected person’s hand. This orthosis would require intensive data of the damage and hand anatomy and a sensible data of the thermoplastic or casting materials that will finest help the hand.

In one other instance, a doctor may refer a affected person to a CHT to manage specialised testing to help in a analysis. A CHT may work with a affected person to lower irritation and ache that’s masking the true underlying drawback.

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American Society of Hand Therapists (ASHT). 2019. Why see a hand therapist? Retrieved on March 8, 2019:


Written by Pam Tutten, OTD, OT, CHT, CFE, Mount Holly, NC heart



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