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Frequently Asked Questions about the Hand Center

What is a Certified Hand Therapist?

A Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) is an Occupational or Physical Therapist with five years of training in hand therapy who has completed a comprehensive test of advanced clinical skills and theory in upper- extremity rehabilitation. CHTs must demonstrate continued professional development and competency by recertifying every five years.

What are the benefits of working with a Certified Hand Therapist?

The intricate anatomy of the hand and upper extremities frequently requires very delicate surgery, often involving microscopic techniques. Guiding therapy after such a technically complex surgery requires advanced skills and a high level of competence.

What separates The Hand Center from similar facilities?

The Hand Center, which is the largest such facility in Ohio, employs the most Certified Hand Therapists. Our surgeons and therapists work together to provide the highly specialized care that helps our patients quickly return to activities of daily living.

How important is it to have interaction between therapists and physicians?

Certified Hand Therapist act as a bridge between patient and physician. Therapists are with the patient before, during and after surgery, and they interact daily with physicians concerning patient progress.

What value do same-day/next-day referrals have at The Hand Center?

The majority of hand injuries can be treated without surgery. In the event a patient’s condition changes, however, The Hand Center will refer him or her to a surgeon for same-day consultation.


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