Hand Therapy

  • Hand Therapy

    The hand and arm are amazing, complex parts of the human body and essential for all of our self-care, work and leisure activities. When we lose function or have pain due to accidents, disease, repetitive stress and conditions from birth, a highly skilled and specialized approach is essential to restore our upper limbs back to normal.

    For patients - What is a hand therapist and how can hand therapy help you?

    A hand therapist provides rehabilitation to the entire upper limb, including the hand, wrist, arm, elbow, and shoulder. A Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) is a licensed occupational therapist or physical therapist who has participated in advanced study. These professionals have worked more than 4,000 hours in treating the upper limb to be eligible to pass an exam that evaluates competency in all areas of upper limb therapy. To continue use of the CHT credential, therapists must participate in specialty education programs, contribute to scientific journals, teach or perform research. There are only 6,000 certified hand therapists worldwide.

    We treat the following conditions:

    • Pain in the hand/arm
    • Swelling, numbness, tingling, weakness
    • Therapy after surgical procedures
    • Arthritis
    • Carpal tunnel syndrome
    • Tendonitis, trigger finger
    • Tendon injuries
    • Broken bones/fractures, jammed fingers/joints
    • Amputations and prosthetic training
    • Joint stiffness, dislocations and sprains
    • Burns, scars, cuts, infections, open wounds
    • Repetitive strain, pulled muscles
    • Dupuytren’s contracture
    • Congenital defects
    • Sports/Work-related injuries

    At NovaCare, we work alongside your entire health care team, including your physician, to identify the specific problems you have and carefully advance you through the stages of treatment. Your hand therapist will work with you to create an individualized and comprehensive treatment program that is updated regularly to return you to work, life and athletics as rapidly as possible. Specialized evaluation may include work sites, work stations, musical instrument ergonomics and sports-specific analyses.

    Specialty treatments may include custom splint fabrication, instrument-assisted soft tissue techniques, therapeutic taping, manual therapy, wound and scar care, electrical modalities, joint protection and much more.

    Even if you have a permanent arm or hand limitation, a hand therapist can provide you with techniques, education and equipment to allow you to perform activities with less pain and improved independence.

    Services vary by location. Find a local NovaCare Rehabilitation center to see if hand therapy services are offered near you.

    For Occupational / Hand Therapists – Join our team!

    NovaCare’s parent company, Select Medical, employs more CHTs than any other organization within the United States. Build your career through residency programs and continuing education that is unmatched in the industry. In many cases, tuition assistance is available or fees waived for employees of Select Medical. We offer:

    • 100+ weekend programs
    • Mentorship program
    • Manual Therapy Certification (COMT)
    • Specialty certification exam study groups (CHT)
    • Monthly literature review and journal club
    • National hand therapy symposium... And much more! 

    For more information on hand/occupational employment opportunities, please contact Shanel Green at 610.223.5944 or [email protected]. For additional opportunities, please click here.