Hand Therapy

Theoretical knowledge and technical skills are applied, using good clinical judgment, in assessment and treatment of individuals with diagnoses related to the upper quarter (hand, wrist, elbow, shoulder girdle, cervical area or multiple joints). 

Fabrication of Custom Splints

  Often times people are issued a "One Size Fits All" prefabricated splint following their injury.   This one size fits all approach is not appropriate when attempting to provide the optimal joint protection and immobilization.  Certified Hand Therapists have the skill and knowledge base when it comes to fabricating the correct  splint.  Due to the complexity of the upper extremity custom splints are truly the answer.


Specialty certification in hand therapy was established in 1991 to recognize occupational therapists and physical therapists with advanced clinical knowledge, experience and skills in the practice of hand and upper extremity rehabilitation. It assists consumers and the health care community in identifying those therapists who meet the rigorous standards required of Certified Hand Therapists, including five years of practice experience with 4,000 hours or more in direct practice in hand therapy and successful completion of a comprehensive test of advanced clinical skills and theory in upper quarter rehabilitation. There are over 5,500 Certified Hand Therapists worldwide (HTCC definition).

 For additional information on the Specialty and Comprehensive Scope of Practice of Hand Therapy please visit:    www.htcc.org