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What is a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT)?

Benefits of Working With a CHT

Faster Recovery

With a CHT client’s are properly diagnosed, given immediate care and effective treatment, resulting in faster recovery time.

Personal Dedication

CHT’s are individuals who demonstrate personal dedication to the profession of hand therapy and a desire for advanced competency.

The Highest Standards

Certification involves meeting rigorous standards. You can be assured that you are in the best hands with a Certified Hand Therapist.

A Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) is an occupational therapist or physical therapist who has a minimum of five years of clinical experience, including 4,000 hours or more in direct practice in hand therapy. In addition, the Certified Hand Therapist has successfully passed a comprehensive test of advanced clinical skills and theory in upper quarter rehabilitation. Because of changes in the profession, every CHT is required to demonstrate continued professional development and competency by recertifying every five years.  Becoming a CHT is a voluntary and difficult process, with advanced training and challenging studies to pass the examination. 

Hand Therapy is a type of rehabilitation performed by an occupational or physical therapist with patients that suffer from conditions affecting the hands and upper extremities. Therapy enables patients return to a productive lifestyle more quickly.

Candidates for hand therapy are people who may have been affected by an accident or trauma leaving them with wounds, scars, burns, injured tendons or nerves, fractures, or even amputations of the fingers, hands or arms. Others include patients who suffer from conditions repetitive in nature such as carpal tunnel syndrome and tennis elbow. Additionally, hand therapy serves patients with chronic problems such as poor posture, arthritis or a neurologic condition (i.e. stroke) to adapt and preserve function and independence.