What are Physical & Occupational Therapists


What is a physical therapist?

A physical therapist is licensed by the state, specializing in therapy programs for musculoskeletal injuries and disorders, sports injuries, post-operative rehabilitation, and massage therapy.

What is an occupational therapist?

An occupational therapist is licensed by the state and specialized in the treatment of the upper extremity (hand, wrist, elbow, and shoulder) and work injuries. The services provided by occupational therapists include patient education, joint range of motion, adaptive techniques, splinting, and workplace evaluations.

What is a certified hand therapist?

A certified hand therapist is a licensed occupational therapist who has been registered or licensed to practice for a minimum of five years and has at least two years of full-time hand therapy experience. In addition to this experience, they have successfully passed a comprehensive test of advanced clinical skills in the upper extremities (hand, wrist, elbow, and shoulder). A certified hand therapist is required to demonstrate continued professional development and competency by recertifying every five years. They are equipped to treat a wide variety of post-operative and post-traumatic injuries along with tendon conditions and degenerative disorders.