Hand And Upper Extremity Rehabilitation Pain and loss of function in the hand and upper extremity can have a significant effect on a person's life. Any one with this injury wants the very best treatment to assure maximal recovery. Certified Hand Therapists have demonstrated an exceptional dedication to their profession, and a desire for advanced competency. Certification is voluntary and difficult to attain. It involves meeting rigorous standard, including 4000 hours of practice, and advanced study and training to pass the certification exam.
Hand Therapists are either physiotherapists or occupational therapists who perform in-depth assessments for both post operative or non-operative hand and upper extremity injuries. They use a variety of techniques and tools, including activity/ exercise programs, custom splint fabrication, management of pain and swelling, wound and scar care, and education on strategies for joint protection and return to work/activities strategies.
We are extremely proud at Archstone to have Sue Kean on staff, who is one of the few physiotherapists in Canada who have achieved this level of certification.