Hand & Upper Extremity Therapy

Certified Hand Therapists on our team.

A Certified Hand Therapist (CHT), specializes in hand & upper extremity therapy, and is an occupational therapist or physical therapist who has a minimum of five years of clinical experience, including 4,000 hours or more in direct practice in hand therapy. In addition, the Certified Hand Therapist has successfully passed a comprehensive test of advanced clinical skills and theory in upper quarter rehabilitation. Because of changes in the profession, every CHT is required to demonstrate continued professional development and competency by recertifying every five years.

Modern OT’s team consists of Certified Hand Therapists and Occupational Therapists with specialized training in upper extremity trauma rehabilitation.  Services include:

  • complete upper extremity assessment
  • static splinting
  • dynamic splinting
  • transfer of dominance
  • upper extremity exercise and rehabilitation programs.

Hand therapy is the art and science of rehabilitation of the upper limb, which includes the hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder girdle. It is a merging of occupational and physical therapy theory and practice that combines comprehensive knowledge of the structure of the upper limb with function and activity. Using specialized skills in assessment, planning and treatment, hand therapists provide therapeutic interventions to prevent dysfunction, restore function and/or reverse the progression of pathology of the upper limb in order to enhance an individual’s ability to execute tasks and to participate fully in life situations.

We offer weekly clinics for splinting and hand therapy at our Ottawa clinic location. We are also able to offer these services in your home.  Please contact our offices for more information.