Certified Hand Therapy (CHT) vs. OT/PT
When it comes to hand and upper extremity rehabilitation, I like to remind people why choosing a CHT over an OT/PT may make a difference in getting you back to full function. I say this not to disparage the vital work of OTs / PTs. Without Occupational Therapists (OT) and Physical Therapists (PT), we would not have Certified Hand Therapists (CHT). All practicing OTs and PTs have graduated from an accredited collegiate program and passed a thorough examination to gain their license. Both are capable disciplines, ready to treat all manner of rehabilitative dysfunctions ranging from neurological rehabilitation to general orthopedics. OT's and PT's represent the core of therapeutic musculoskeletal rehabilitation at Health Quest Therapy and around the world.
A Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) is an OT or PT that has chosen certification in the specialized treatment of upper extremity dysfunctions otherwise known as hand therapy. To accomplish this certification, a therapist must have three years' experience and acquire at minimum 4,000 hours of upper extremity therapy practice to take the comprehensive certification exam.
At Health Quest Therapy we believe the hours of treatment experience and dedication to a specialized field of rehabilitative care make a measurable difference in the timeliness of your recovery. At Health Quest Therapy our upper extremity treatment team is anchored by CHT’s in both our Wasilla, Eagle River and Kihei clinics. All upper extremity treatment, not directly administered by a CHT, is carried out by an experienced OT, immersed in a comprehensive mentorship program, with the purpose of acquiring their certification, while providing the best possible upper extremity care to our patients. Health Quest Therapy is the Alaska’s best choice for upper extremity care.
At Health Quest Therapy we offer specialized therapy treatment programs for a wide range of upper-extremity problems. Our Certified Hand Therapists CHT begin by completing a thorough hand evaluation with the goal of identifying weaknesses and limitations while considering the unique needs of each patient. After our evaluation is complete, an individualized, comprehensive treatment program is developed to restore normal function to your injured hand or upper extremity.
Health Quest’s Occupational Therapists are specifically trained in treatment modalities and procedures which include:
Patient education (behavioral modification)
Thermal agents (hot/cold packs, fluidotherapy, cryotherapy and others)
Deep thermal agents (ultrasound and diathermy)
Soft-tissue and Joint mobilization
Electrotherapeutic agents (transcutaneous electrical stimulation (TENS), neuro muscular electrical stimulation (NMES) electrical stimulation for tissue healing (ESTR).
Prosthetics and more.
Occupational Therapy treatment plans at Health Quest Therapy, Inc. follow evidence based practice.
Our treatment plans are designed to include the necessary time, frequency, and intensity needed to achieve optimum results. We offer a variety of specialized treatment methods and state of the art equipment.