Hand Therapy is a specialized area of Clinical Therapies at Nationwide Children's Hospital. The Hand Therapy program provides family-centered, comprehensive upper extremity rehabilitation. Its focus is on restoring function to the patient. Individualized evaluations and interventions for children include a wide range of acute injuries, post-surgical diagnoses, and chronic conditions involving the elbow, wrist, and hand. Services provided include non-surgical rehabilitation treatments including custom splinting, patient and family education, and functional exercise programs.
What Is a Hand Therapist?
A certified hand therapist is an occupational therapist or physical therapist with advanced certification in hand therapy. The certification requires a therapist be licensed and registered to practice for a minimum of 5 years, have documented 4,000 hours of direct hand therapy experience, and sit for a nationally administered certification examination. Because of the technical complexity of hand and arm surgeries, certified hand therapists must be knowledgeable about leading-edge surgical techniques and postoperative therapy programs. This advanced knowledge enables our certified hand therapist to work with patients and families to help the patient return to a productive lifestyle.