About Hand Therapy
Hand therapy in Surrey combines the theory and practice of both occupational therapy and physical therapy for comprehensive knowledge of the upper quarter, body function and activity. Hand therapists use specialized skills to assess and treat diseases or injuries of the upper quarter (hand, wrist, elbow, shoulder girdle, cervical area or multiple joints). In addition, hand therapists work with clients to prevent dysfunction, restore function and/or reverse pathological progression to improve quality of life. This also includes wound therapy and prosthesis management.
Who Are Hand Therapists?
Hand therapists are licensed or registered physical therapists or occupational therapists who have become skilled in the assessment and treatment of pathological upper quarter conditions by means of advanced continuing education, clinical experience and independent study. A Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) is an occupational therapist or physical therapist who has met the standards established by the Hand Therapy Certification Commission, Inc.
Scope of Practice, Treatment Techniques and Tools
The scope of hand therapy practice may involve one or more of the domains listed below. Domains outline the key areas of responsibility in hand therapy practice. The first three domains listed below involve assessment and treatment of clients with hand injuries:
Anatomy and Physiology of the Skin/Connective, Muscular, Skeletal, Nervous and Vascular/Lymphatic Systems
Behavioural Science, and Psychological Reactions to Impairment
Kinesiology and Biomechanics
Posture and Pathomechanics
Etiology and Pathology of Medical Conditions
Surgical and Medical Treatment of Conditions
Treatment Rationale, Indications and Contraindications
Treatment Methods, Techniques and Tools
Expected Functional Outcomes of Treatment
Expected Physiological and Psychological Effects of Treatment Procedures
Professional Codes of Ethics
Safe and Appropriate Use and Maintenance of Equipment and Assistive Devices
Safety Techniques and Procedures (e.g., Infection Control, Emergency Procedures)
Hand Therapists will assess and treat individuals diagnosed with many hand and upper quarter conditions. These may include but are not limited to:
Central Nervous System Disorders As They Relate to the Upper Quarter
Cumulative Trauma Disorders/Repetitive Stress Injuries
Flexor/Extensor Tendon Injuries
Inflammatory and Degenerative Arthritis
Multiple System Trauma
Peripheral Nerve Compressions, Injuries and Disease
Psychogenic Disorders Involving the Upper Quarter
Soft Tissue Injuries
Tumours and Cysts
Patients may be referred to a hand therapist following a variety of medical or surgical interventions including:
Fracture Fixation/Bone Graft
Nerve Grafts/Nerve Repairs
Nail Bed Repair
Soft Tissue Releases
Tendon Grafts/Tendon Repairs
Use of Pharmaceutical Agents
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