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At Highline and Southwest Hand Therapy, we provide a broad range of services, including:

  • Design and fabrication of custom splints/orthoses
  • Physical agent modalities, such as paraffin, ice, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, iontophoresis
  • Individualized therapeutic exercise programs
  • Manual therapy techniques, such as myofascial release and joint mobilization
  • Wound care and scar management
  • Prosthetic training
  • Functional Capacities Evaluations
  • On-Site Ergonomic Evaluations for computer users and office workers

A Certified Hand Therapist is an Occupational or Physical Therapist who, through advanced study and certification, specializes in rehabilitating the patient with conditions affecting the entire upper extremity (hand, arm, and shoulder). CHT distinguishes a therapist as someone with the highest professional credential in the specialty of upper extremity treatment and rehabilitation. A CHT has at least 5 years of clinical experience and has successfully passed comprehensive testing of advanced knowledge in all areas of rehabilitation of the hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder. CHT’s must recertify every 5 years by participation in continuing education courses and presentations.

In our clinics, we employ both occupational and physical therapists and we do not make a distinction between them. Although we each have different skills which we obtained through our entry level education, the care you receive will address your current needs, regardless of the provider. We are all competent with assessment skills, utilization of exercise and modalities, and fabrication of splints/orthoses. We have each specialized in the area of hand and upper extremity therapy because we are interested in caring for these conditions.

Occupational Therapists help patients improve their ability to perform tasks in living and working environments. They work with individuals who suffer from a mentally, physically, developmentally or emotionally disabling condition. Occupational therapists help patients not only to improve their basic motor functions and reasoning abilities but also to compensate for permanent loss of function.

After evaluation, Occupational Therapists may design and build splints/orthoses or other special equipment to modify the home and work environment so that the patient can successfully complete tasks. Physical exercise may be used to increase strength and dexterity.

Physical Therapists provide services that help restore function, improve mobility, and prevent or limit permanent physical disability of patients suffering from injury or disease. They work to restore, maintain and promote overall fitness and health.

Physical Therapists examine the patient’s medical history, test and measure the patient’s strength, range of motion, balance, coordination, muscle performance and posture. Treatment often includes exercise, electrical stimulation, heat, ice, ultrasound, and other modalities.

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