Hand Therapy

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.

Our Clinics

Dublin Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Center
5680 Venture Drive
Dublin, Ohio 43017
(614) 355-8752

Livingston Ambulatory Center
380 Butterfly Gardens Drive, Suite 1E
Columbus, OH 43215
(614) 355-7181

Orthopedic Center
479 Parsons Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 355-1381

Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Center
584 County Line Road West
Westerville, Ohio 43082
(614) 355-6060

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.