Most of us take for granted how much we use our hands and fingers on a daily basis. At least we do until they’re injured or painful. Certified hand therapists are physical and occupational therapists who can help with many hand issues. Before you put your hands in their hands, so to speak, you may want to know a little more about these professionals.
How do people become certified hand therapists?
When you’re looking for help with hand therapy, you want to know that the person helping you is at the top of their game. This is why organizations like the Hand Therapy Certification Commission (HTCC) lay out a rigorous course of study for therapists who wish to become certified hand therapists. HTCC guidelines state that hand therapists must have at least three years of clinical experience, and this experience should include a minimum of 4,000 hours using hand therapy techniques.
Also, hand therapists must pass a comprehensive test to certify, and this test contains both theoretical and practical clinical knowledge of hand rehab. Even after certification, hand therapists must show that they’re constantly developing their skills and knowledge. This helps keep them aware of the latest research and techniques in hand therapy. Finally, an HTCC-certified therapist is required to recertify every five years to ensure they’re staying current in their field.
What hand issues can they help treat?
Now that you know a certified hand therapist will have the knowledge and experience to help you, you may wonder what they can help with. There are many hand issues these professionals can treat. For instance, hand tendinitis is a common issue they can assist you with.
Hand tendinitis is a condition where the tendons that attach muscles to the bones of your wrist, hand, fingers and thumbs become inflamed. One type of tendinitis that’s common in the hands is De Quervain’s tenosynovitis. This issue is when the tendons that move the thumb become inflamed and painful, and it’s typically caused by repetitive motions like writing or typing. Hand therapists can help treat this condition’s symptoms, and they can also help you treat issues like:
Arrow Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation offers the services of certified hand therapists
At Arrow Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation, our team is made up of many types of physical and occupational therapy professionals. Our team can perform a complimentary screening to determine what issue is plaguing your hand. We’ll then build you a personalized treatment plan that’s designed to provide benefits like:
- Reduced pain
- Improved range of motion
- Increased hand strength
- Greater ability to do normal daily tasks
Contact us today to schedule your initial appointment if you’re dealing with a painful hand issue.