Certified Hand Therapy
Certified Hand Therapy
Why a certified hand therapist?
ProActive has gathered the most qualified and talented professionals in their field. When it comes to rehabilitation of the hand, elbow and shoulder, you want experts who are dedicated to ensuring you are getting the best care.
Similar to the medical profession, some physical therapists undergo specific training to become a specialist. Although all orthopedic physical therapists are capable of rehabilitating arm injuries, a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) is a physical therapist or occupational therapists who has undergone extensive training and testing to become a certified expert in the field.
Benefits of Working with a CHT(1)
People value the use of their hands and any loss of function through injury or accident may have a devastating effect on their lives. Anyone with an injury wants the very best of treatment to assure maximal recovery. The Certified Hand Therapist credential offers assurance to the public that the therapist has achieved the highest level of competency in the profession and stays up to date with practice within the field.
The intricate anatomy of the arm and hand frequently requires very delicate surgery, often with microscopic techniques. The technical complexity of these kinds of surgeries necessitates a high level of competence by therapists with advanced skills in upper quarter rehabilitation during postoperative recovery. Therapists must be knowledgeable about these advanced surgical techniques and postoperative therapy programs to become CHTs. They must also remain current with changes in hand therapy practice.
Certification is voluntary and difficult to attain. It involves meeting rigorous standards, developing a long-range career path, and acquiring the advanced study and training required to pass the certification examination. CHTs are therapists who demonstrated a personal dedication to the profession of hand therapy and a desire for advanced competency; 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.
Dr. Mike Lee, PT, CHT and the ProActivce Hand Therapy Team
1. Hand Therapy Certification Commission Website - http://www.htcc.org/about/index.cfm