Certified Hand Therapy

At WESTARM Physical Therapy & Home Health, we understand the importance of hands and upper extremities in our daily lives. From performing simple tasks like buttoning a shirt to engaging in complex activities like playing a musical instrument, our hands play a crucial role. That’s why we offer Certified Hand Therapy, a specialized form of treatment provided by experienced hand therapists, in Pennsylvania’s Alle-Kiski Valley area. Below, you can find more information about the benefits and highlights of Certified Hand Therapy, and how it can help individuals like you regain function and independence.
person giving hand massage to client

Understanding Certified Hand Therapy

Certified Hand Therapy (CHT) is a subspecialty within the field of occupational therapy or physical therapy that focuses specifically on the rehabilitation of the hand, wrist, forearm, and elbow. Hand therapists undergo extensive training and obtain additional certifications to become certified in this highly specialized area. This expertise allows them to provide comprehensive evaluation, treatment, and management for a wide range of hand and upper extremity conditions.

Our certified hand therapists work closely with patients, utilizing their in-depth knowledge of anatomy, biomechanics, and the intricate complexities of the hand and upper extremities. By understanding the specific demands of each patient’s condition, they can develop targeted treatment plans for optimal recovery.

Benefits of Certified Hand Therapy

Certified Hand Therapy offers a range of benefits tailored to hand and upper extremity conditions:

  • Specialized Knowledge: Hand therapists’ expertise in hand and upper extremity rehabilitation ensures accurate diagnosis and effective treatment plans. They understand the unique demands of these areas and can guide patients through a customized recovery process.
  • Individualized Treatment: Each patient’s condition and goals differ. Certified hand therapists design personalized treatment plans based on a thorough evaluation, incorporating techniques and modalities to address specific needs. This approach ensures that patients receive the most effective and compassionate care.
  • Comprehensive Rehabilitation: Whether it’s a degenerative condition, sports-related injury, or post-operative recovery, certified hand therapists provide both conservative and post-operative rehabilitation. Their goal is to alleviate pain, restore mobility, improve strength and coordination, and help patients regain functional independence.
  • Custom Splinting and Orthotics: Hand therapists excel in fabricating custom splints and orthotic devices tailored to each patient’s specific needs. These assistive devices offer support during healing, protect injured structures, and optimize functional use during the recovery process. Custom splints can be essential for immobilizing fractures, controlling joint movements, or managing conditions like carpal tunnel syndrome.
  • Education and Prevention: In addition to treatment, hand therapists educate patients on self-care techniques, injury prevention strategies, and proper ergonomics. With the promotion of long-term hand and upper extremity health, patients can minimize the risk of future injuries or complications.
child working with grip therapist

Conditions Treated by Certified Hand Therapy

Our certified hand therapists in Leechburg, Kittanning, Sarver, and the nearby areas are experienced in treating a wide range of conditions affecting the hand, wrist, forearm, and elbow. These include:

  • Fractures and Dislocations
  • Tendon and Nerve Injuries
  • Rheumatoid and Osteoarthritis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Tennis and Golfer’s Elbow
  • Dupuytren’s Contracture
  • Trigger Finger
  • Work-Related or Sports-Related Injuries

Techniques and Interventions in Certified Hand Therapy

In order to facilitate recovery and maximize outcomes, Certified Hand Therapy involves a variety of innovative techniques and interventions. Some of the most common practices include:

  • Physical and Occupational Therapy Exercises
  • Manual Therapy
  • Soft Tissue Mobilization
  • Joint Mobilization
  • Scar Management
  • Sensory and Motor Re-education
  • Ultrasound and Electrical Stimulation
  • Assistive Devices and Adaptive Equipment

Take the First Step Today!

Certified Hand Therapy at WESTARM Physical Therapy & Home Health offers specialized care that helps individuals regain function and independence in their daily lives. Our local team of certified hand therapists is dedicated to providing personalized, evidence-based treatment for a wide range of hand and upper extremity conditions. With their expertise, patients can expect tailored rehabilitation programs, comprehensive care, and the support needed to restore their hand and upper extremity function.

If you or a loved one are experiencing hand-related issues, contact us today and take the first step towards a more functional and fulfilling life. We have multiple convenient locations in the Alle-Kiski Valley area, making it easier than ever to access the help you need.


11931 State Route 85 Kittanning, PA 16201

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5021 Freeport Rd. Natrona Hts, PA 15065

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