What is a hand therapist?


Hand therapists are specially trained to treat hands, wrists, elbows and shoulders. Whether you’re recovering from a surgery or are simply feeling pain, hand therapy can help. A hand therapist can be an occupational or physical therapist. Becoming a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) requires that they are practicing hand therapy for five years, have gained 4,000 hours of experience in treating the upper extremity, and have passed a comprehensive examination.

Hand therapists work closely with hand surgeons to ensure they are providing the best treatment options. Hand therapy can help you with:

  • Wound and scar treatment
  • Pain management
  • Increasing strength or range of motion
  • Getting a splint
  • Tendon and nerve injuries
  • Amputation therapy
  • Repetitive use injuries
  • Chronic conditions

Visit www.HandCare.org to learn more about hand therapy and find a hand therapist near you.