Tim Byers, OTR/CHT
What is an Occupational Therapist?
Occupational Therapists are part of the rehabilitation team who focus on the upper extremity following surgery or injury. Occupational Therapists evaluate each patient to develop an individual treatment plan to focus on the restoration of range of motion, strength, coordination, fine motor activity and functional use. Treatment plans include patient goals to restore each patient to return to their prior activity level, work, sport or recreational activity.
What is a Certified Hand Therapist?
A Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) can be either a Physical Therapist or Occupational Therapist who has specialized in the direct practice of hand therapy. A Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) has a minimum of 5 years clinical experience including 4,000 hours or more in hand therapy. They must pass the Hand Therapist Certification Exam.