What is Hand Therapy?

Hand therapy is the art and science of evaluating and treating injuries and conditions of the upper extremity including the hand, wrist, forearm, elbow, and shoulder. A Certified Hand Therapist utilizes a variety of interventions to help an individual return to their meaningful activities

What is a Certified Hand Therapist

A Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) is either an occupational or physical therapist who has advanced education and clinical experience in treating the upper extremity (hand, wrist, elbow, and shoulder). To become a CHT, a hand therapist must practice for a minimum of three years, attain 4,000 hours of treatment for hand and upper extremity disorders and pass a stringent certification that demonstrates their competency in the practice of hand therapy.

Why is it important for me to see a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT)?

A Certified Hand Therapist works closely with hand surgeons to facilitate successful recovery after surgical and non-surgical injuries of upper extremity conditions as well as chronic conditions such arthritis, stroke or neurological conditions. A Certified Hand Therapist implements various manual and therapeutic techniques in their treatment to allow individuals to return to their highest level of function. They also specialize in custom orthotics, scar and edema management, wound care, pain management, joint protection and energy conservation and workplace ergonomics.

What should I bring with me to my first appointment?

  • Prescription from referring physician
  • Insurance cards
  • Identification
  • Referral (if required) from primary care physcian
  • List of medications including dosages
  • Signed forms (from our forms page)

What should I wear?

Comfortable, nonrestrictive clothing that allows us to evaluate your area of injury.

How long is each appointment?

A typical treatment session may range from 45 to 60 minutes however the initial visit and/or custom orthotic visits may take longer.

How long will I need therapy?

You will need to attend your therapy sessions until you, your physician and your therapist decide that you have reached your desired level of function or that further therapy would not be beneficial.

How does Smyrna Hand Therapy protect patients from COVID-19?

During this unprecedented time we have set the following goals to protect us all from the COVID-19 virus….

  • Surfaces and all equipment will be disinfected between patients
  • Patient temperature will be taken upon entering clinic
  • Masks are required for all patients and clinician

Does your clinic file insurance?

As a courtesy to our patients, we will gladly file claims directly to your insurance company. Please make sure you upload or bring a copy of your insurance identification card to ensure that we have the necessary information.


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