Long Branch, NJ
In January of this year, I fell in my home and
sustained 4th and 5th metacarpal fractures, which led to severe edema,
pain, loss of motion, strength and function in my dominant right hand. I was
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The hand is an amazing, complex part of the human body, essential for all of our daily self-care, work and everyday activities. Whether writing with a pen, typing on a computer or turning a screwdriver, our hands are important tools in our daily lives. When the hand and upper extremity are unable to function properly due to accidents, disease, repetitive stress and conditions from birth or acquired syndromes, a specialized approach is essential.
Hand therapy focuses in on rehabilitation of the hand and upper limbs and is the merging of occupational therapy and physical therapy theory and practice. Several of our highly skilled physical and occupational therapists go on to become certified hand therapists and are proficient in the treatment of hand and upper extremity pathologies, from the acute to the chronic.
Certified hand therapists work directly with the referring physician and the patient to treat the following conditions, but not limited to:
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Certified Hand Therapist Criteria
The process to become a certified hand therapist (CHT) is rigorous. An occupational therapist or physical therapist needs to have a minimum of five years of clinical experience, including more than 4,000 hours of direct practice in hand therapy.
By definition, occupational therapy is a profession that aims to restore or enhance an individual's occupational performance or level of daily function. The term "occupation" does not exclusively refer to paid employment; it encompasses concepts such as personal hygiene, home management, leisure activities, and even sleep. Occupation is highly individualized and includes any activity that an individual performs.
Occupational therapists use a wide variety of evidence-based management strategies to promote independence and maximize quality of life.
Treatments may include:
Most of our occupational therapists choose to specialize in hand therapy as the hand is so closely linked to functional independence. Many are Certified Hand Therapists (see above for additional details).
Services vary by location.