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We all value our hands in every aspect of our work, leisure and self-care activities. Our hands also are part of our self- expression. When an injury, or a disease such as arthritis, affects the hand, it can diminish independence and quality of life. 

Shore Regional Health’s Comprehensive Rehabilitation Services offers a highly regarded and experienced Hand Therapy program led by a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT). A CHT is a licensed occupational or physical therapist with a minimum of five years of experience in hand therapy, including 4,000 hours of direct patient care. In addition, a CHT must pass a comprehensive examination demonstrating advance clinical skill through the Hand Therapy Certification Commission. Thus, a CHT provides patients with the highest level of competence in the profession.

The intricate anatomy of the arm and hand frequently requires very delicate surgery, often with microscopic techniques. The technical complexity of these surgeries requires a high level of competency by therapists with advanced skill in upper extremity rehabilitation.  Therefore, the CHT will typically have an exceptionally strong working relationship and communication process with the surgeons involved. This professional collaboration of medical-surgical and medical-rehabilitative care is another assurance that each patient receives the most accurate evaluation and effective treatment to achieve  optimal recovery.

Common diagnoses managed by a CHT include:  

  • Fractures 

  • Tendon injuries 

  • Nail bed injuries 

  • Arthritis 

  • Nerve injuries 

  • Nerve Compression Syndromes 

  • Tendinitis 

  • Amputations 

  • Burns 

  • Sprains and strains 

Treatment methods typically used include: 

  • Customized splinting 

  • Fine and gross motor coordination 

  • Sensory re-education 

  • Range of motion exercise 

  • Strengthening 

  • Manual therapy 

  • Activities of daily living retraining 

  • Edema control 

  • Wound and scar management 

For more information,  contact:

The Hand Therapy Clinic
Outpatient Rehabilitation Center at Easton
Shore Regional Health
TEL: 410-822-3080