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What is a hand therapist?

Hand Therapists at Summit Orthopedics are licensed occupational therapists who have received advanced training, clinical experience and integration of knowledge in anatomy, physiology and kinesiology.  The therapists then become proficient in treatment of pathological upper extremity conditions resulting from trauma, disease and/or, congenital deformities.   A hand therapist may achieve advanced certification as a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT).  To obtain this credential, a therapist must practice for a minimum of 3 years, accumulating at least 4,000 hours of treatment for hand and upper extremity disorders.  Certified Hand Therapists must also pass a rigorous certification exam to demonstrate their competency in the practice of hand therapy.