Don’t Trust Your Hands to Just Anyone
Our hands are a part of our bodies that are integral in all aspects of activities of daily living – think of all of the things you use your hands for! Eating, writing, driving, dressing, typing, etc. The list can go on and on. CPT is proud to offer the advanced skill set of Jennifer Wisnewski, OTR-L, CHT.
What is a Certified Hand Therapist?
A Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) is an occupational therapist (OT) or physical therapist (PT) who, through advanced study and experience, specializes in treating individuals with conditions affecting the hands and upper extremities. Injuries including amputations, nerve injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome, and fractures are just a few to name of many.
A qualified hand therapist can evaluate and treat any problem related to the upper extremity. The hand therapist can effectively treat and rehabilitate the patient through post-operative rehabilitation, preventative, non-operative, or conservative treatment, or industry consultation. The therapist works closely with the physician and patient to provide a continuum of care. This often starts within days of the injury or surgery right through the patient’s return to work and/or a productive lifestyle.
How Is a CHT Different From a Licensed Physical or Occupational Therapist?
A CHT is an OT or PT by profession with at least three years of experience, PLUS a minimum of 4,000 hours of hand therapy practice (upper extremity rehabilitation). A CHT must have passed a certification examination that demonstrates knowledge of all areas of hand therapy before being granted the right to use the CHT designation. Hand therapists must renew their credentials every five years through continued education and participation in hand therapy to continue using the CHT designation.
Learn more about CHT’s on the American Society of Hand Therapists website.
A hand therapy specialist provides:
- Accurate assessments, immediate care and effective treatment to reduce treatment time
- A continuum of care eliminating the need for multiple medical providers
- Faster recovery results in decreased medical costs
- Functional outcomes ensuring a faster return to work and productive lifestyle
- The most comprehensive care for their patients
Jennifer is available in our Hawley and Dunmore locations and consults with the staff in the remaining locations as requested.