Tidewater Orthopaedics is the only orthopaedic practice on the Peninsula that offers a separate hand therapy department with specially trained, certified hand therapists. Hand Therapy at The Hand Center at Tidewater Orthopeadics consists of Occupational Therapists specializing in therapeutic treatment and rehabilitation to restore optimal upper extremity function. The staff includes Certified Hand Therapists who have specialized training in treatment of the hand and upper extremity.
What is a Certified Hand Therapist?
A certified hand therapist (CHT) is an occupational or physical therapist who, through advanced study and experience, specializes in treating individuals with conditions affecting the hands and upper extremity. They must have a minimum of 5 years postgraduate experience with at least 4,000 hours in hand therapy and have successfully passed the Hand Therapy Certification Commission (HTCC) exam in order to obtain these credentials. CHT’s are dedicated professionals who have a commitment to meet the highest standards of their profession. For additional information on Certified Hand Therapists, contact: www.htcc.org.
What Do our Hand Therapists Provide?
Our hand therapy department receives its referral base only from the Hand Specialists and physicians at Tidewater Orthopeadics. This consists of treatment and rehabilitation of post-surgery, preventive, non-operative and chronic diagnoses. These conditions include, but are not limited to, strains and sprains, burns, fractures, repetitive stress disorders, tendon and ligament injuries, congenital disorders, amputations and arthritis.
The hand and fingers often need a period of immobilization after an injury to allow the tissues to heal properly. Our therapists are experts at fabricating customized orthosis for the upper extremity, commonly called splints. These splints are custom made directly onto the affected joints using a low-temperature thermoplastic. These splints can be made not only for the hand and fingers but also the elbow and the shoulder and are completed the day of the visit.
Therapy is often initiated 3-5 days post surgery or following initial physician appointment as ordered. Therapists have access to the physicians as well as having a hand specialist on site at the facility predominately on a daily basis. Therapists work closely with the physicians and are able to communicate and discuss patient’s care and rehabilitation programs in order to provide the optimum in the continuum of care for our patients.
To reach our Hand Therapy Department in Hampton call 757-827-2320 and in Williamsburg call 757-206-1172.