Tidewater Orthopaedics is the only orthopaedic practice on the peninsula that offers a hand therapy department with specially trained certified hand therapists. Tidewater Orthopaedics Hand Therapy consists of occupational therapists specializing in the treatment and rehabilitation of the upper extremity dysfunction.
What is a Certified Hand Therapist?
A certified hand therapist (CHT) can be 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 3 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. CHTs 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 (http://www.htc.org).
What Do Hand Therapists Provide?
The hand therapy department receives its referral base from the hand specialists and other physicians at Tidewater Orthopaedics. Outside referrals from other orthopeadic physicians in the area are also accepted by the hand therapy team. 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. Therapists are experts at fabricating custom orthoses for the upper extremity, commonly called splints. These splints are custom made directly onto the affected joints using a low-temperatur thermoplastic. These splints can be made not 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 daily to communicate and discuss patient's care and rehabilitation programs in order to provide optimal care for our patients.
To reach the Hand Therapy Department in Hampton call 757-827-2320 and in Williamsburg call 757-206-1172.