Hand Therapy Associates - Insurance Info

What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational Therapy (OT) is a healthcare profession that aims to assist people of all ages to participate in their daily activities or "occupations". The goal of occupational therapy is to help people dealing with illness or injury achieve independence and well being in all facets of life. OT's begin treatment by completing a thorough assessment to identify an individual's strengths, problem areas and goals. Treatment is then customized to help a person achieve these goals through the use of therapeutic and functional activities, activity modification and/or education in the use of adaptive equipment. Other common forms of treatment include: Education in home exercises; Use of manual treatment for soft tissue healing and range of motion; Provision of muscle strengthening and re-education exercises; Fabrication of upper extremity orthoses.  For additional information, please refer to the AOTA website.

What are the qualifications of an Occupational Therapist? 

Occupational therapists are licensed healthcare professionals who must obtain a masters level degree from an accredited school in Occupational Therapy. Practitioners complete fieldwork training under the direct supervision of a licensed OT and pass an exam administered by the NBCOT, a national registering board.

What is Hand Therapy?

Hand Therapy is a specialty area within the scope of Occupational Therapy practice. OT's who specialize in hand therapy have specific experience and knowledge addressing the intricate anatomy of the upper extremity and the conditions affecting this area of the body. Conditions of the upper extremity include problems of the shoulder, elbow, wrist and fingers. Hand therapists also help people with issues related to posture and ergonomics as it pertain's to their work and daily activities.

What is a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT)?

A Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) is an occupational therapist or physical therapist who has passed a comprehensive exam administered by the Hand Therapy Certification Commission (HTCC). To qualify for the exam, an Occupational Therapist or Physical Therapist must have at least 5 years experience in treating conditions of the upper extremity and a minimum of 4,000 hours working in hand therapy. Certified Hand Therapists maintain their certification every 5 years by adhering to the rigorous continuing education standards outlined by the HTCC.  Please refer to the HTCC website for addditional information.