Hand Therapy Services

Hand and Upper Extremity Therapy

Hand and Upper Extremity Therapy services are now being offered at Orthopedic, Sports, Spine and Hand clinic located in Everett. Utilizing specialized skills in assessment and treatment to provide services in rehabilitating patients with conditions affecting the hands and upper extremities. A certified hand therapist (CHT) at the clinic will work with the physician and the patient to provide a continuum of care; often starting within days of the injury or surgery right through to the patient’s return to work and/or a productive lifestyle.

These medical services are offered to patients who may have been affected by an accident or trauma leaving them with wounds, scars, burns, injured tendons or nerves, fractures, or even amputation of the finger, hand, or arm. Also, patients may receive rehabilitative services from a hand therapist to maintain function in the upper quadrants due to the disabling effects of cumulative trauma disorders – such as tennis elbow or carpal tunnel syndrome. Many patients seeking the care of an upper extremity therapist who suffer from such chronic problems as arthritis or a neurological condition.

For more information about hand therapy services, please call 425-317-9119 or email us.

What is Hand therapy?

Hand therapy is the art and science of rehabilitation of the upper quarter of the human body. Hand therapy is a merging of occupational therapy and physical therapy theory and practice that combines comprehensive knowledge of the upper quarter, body function and activity. Using specialized skills in assessment and treatment, hand therapist promote the goals of prevention of dysfunction, restoration of function, and/or the reversal of the progression of pathology in order to enhance participation in life situations for individuals with upper quarter disease or injury.

What is 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

Upper Extremity Occupational Therapy

Upper extremity includes the shoulder, upper arm, elbow, wrist, hand, and fingers. Occupational therapists support patients with upper extremity injuries or post-surgery conditions to rehabilitate and recover so they can resume their daily activities at home, work, and in the community.

Occupational therapists help patients improve their ability to perform tasks in living and working environments. They work with individuals who suffer from a physically disabling condition, whether acute or chronic.

Occupational therapists use treatments to develop, recover, or maintain the daily living and work skills of their patients. The therapist helps clients not only to improve their basic motor functions, but also to compensate for permanent loss of function. The goal is to help clients have independent, productive, and satisfying lives.

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