Hand Therapy is provided by Certified Hand Therapists (CHTs) at Progression Muscle, Bone and Joint. A CHT is a Registered Occupational or Physical Therapist, who has successfully passed a comprehensive test of advanced clinical skills and theory in upper extremity rehabilitation through the Hand Therapy, Certification Commission. They are required to recertify every five years, to demonstrate competency and ongoing professional development. Hand Therapists work closely with surgeons to help facilitate the transition from medical management to full recovery.
A wide range of conditions are assessed and treated, which can include arthritis, post traumatic injuries, burns, nerve and tendon repairs, fractures, sprains/strains and anything that can impact the arm, wrist and hand. Treatment is tailored to individual needs and is similar to that provided within physiotherapy, but can also include scar management, custom and non-custom splint fabrication/fitting for the hand, wrist and elbow, fitting of compression garments for burns or lymphedema, wound care and swelling management.