Certified Hand Therapy

This program is available at the following locations:

Escondido-Valley, CA
San Marcos, CA
Santee, CA
Scripps Ranch, CA
Tri City, CA

Certified Hand Therapists (CHT) are occupational or physical therapists who have a minimum of five (5) years of clinical experience, including 4000 hours or more in direct provision of upper extremity therapy. Additionally, a CHT must successfully pass a comprehensive examination of advanced clinical skills and theory in upper extremity rehabilitation. These clinicians have demonstrated a commitment to excellence by obtaining this voluntary credential.

Our hand therapists are some of the best in the business. Staff mentoring by the CHT’s, monthly inservices and study groups for therapists preparing to sit for the CHT exam ensure that our therapists maintain a high level of competency and are knowledgeable in current surgical techniques and post-operative therapy programs. Finally, close working relationships with referring physicians maximize treatment outcomes.

Common Diagnoses Include:

  • Amputations
  • Tendonous Injuries and Surgical Repairs
  • Arthritis
  • Burns
  • Capsular Pathologies
  • Fractures
  • Nerve Injuries and Compressions
  • Tendonitis
  • Repetitive Stress Injuries
  • Tumors or Cysts
  • Chronic or Regional Pain Syndrome

CHT's are Highly Skilled in Evaluation and Treatment of:

  • Strength and Endurance
  • Edema
  • Pain Management and Desensitization
  • Range of Motion
  • Splint Fabrication
  • Wound and Scar Management
  • Activities of Daily Living Including Vocational and Non-vocational Tasks
  • Teaching Self-management Skills and Home Programs