A hand therapist is an occupational therapist or physical therapist who, through advanced study and experience, specializes in treating individuals with conditions affecting the hands and upper extremity.
A qualified hand therapist can evaluate and treat any problem related to the upper extremity. The hand therapist can effectively treat and rehabilitate the patient through post-operative rehabilitation, preventative, non-operative or conservative treatment or industry consultation. The therapist works closely with the physician and patient to provide a continuum of care. This often starts within days of the injury or surgery right through the patient’s return to work and/or a productive lifestyle.
A hand specialist may also have advanced certification as a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT).
A hand therapy specialist provides:
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Gail Davis, OTL, CHT
Occupational Therapist and Certified Hand Therapist
Gail graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1994. Her immediate goal was to become a Certified Hand Therapist and upon completing the required 5 years of experience in hand therapy she took the exam and became certified. She was director of Hand Therapy in Houston Texas for the nations largest therapy organization specializing in workers compensation. Gail is certified in the treatment of lymphedema and was an annual guest lecturer at the Texas Women’s University Hand Fellowship on edema (swelling) of the upper extremity. Upon returning home to the Carolinas she worked in out patient hand therapy until she retired. When the retirement of several hand therapists caused a local shortage she came out of retirement to fill the need in Weaverville.