Services and Specialties

Rehabilitation Services

Certified Hand Therapy
The rehabilitation staff at the Optimum Life Center includes two Certified Hand Therapists (CHTs) with more than 20 years of combined experience in treating hand and upper-extremity injuries. We offer skilled and comprehensive treatment in a comfortable environment. Appointments are available 7:45 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. to accommodate schedules. To ensure that you receive your full evaluation time, we ask that you arrive at least 20 minutes before your appointment to allow for paperwork and registration. Please bring with you and have readily available your prescription or order from your physician, your insurance cards and a photo ID (this can be your driver’s license). If you do not have a photo ID, we can make one for you when you come. We will attempt to preauthorize your insurance in advance and try to let you know what your covered benefits are during registration.

What is a CHT?
Certification by the Hand Therapy Certification Commission is an important distinction for hand therapists. A Certified Hand Therapist is an Occupational Therapist or Physical Therapist who has met the following stringent requirements:
•  Five years of clinical experience with 4,000 hours or more of specialty experience in hand therapy.
•  A comprehensive test of advanced knowledge in all areas of the hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder.
•  Standards set by experts in hand therapy.
•  Recertification every five years by either acquiring 2,000 hours of work experience and 80 hours of professional development that may include research, teaching or continuing medical education, or by successful completion of the Hand Therapy Certification Examination.
•  Professional commitment to assuring the public that they meet the high standards that the medical community recognizes in the credentials of the Certified Hand Therapist (CHT)

The benefits of working with CHTs:
•  CHTs  must stay current in the profession.
•  They have a comprehensive knowledge of the intricate anatomy of upper extremities.
•  CHTs are familiar with advanced surgical techniques and post-operative programs.
•           They have a clinical expertise to effectively manage injuries and medical conditions of upper extremities.

CHTs are skilled in evaluating:
• Activities of daily living (self care activities)
• Pain
• Sensation
• Wounds and scars
• Hobbies
• Range of motion
• Strength and endurance
• Swelling
• Work activities

Medical conditions commonly managed by CHTs:
• Amputations
• Burns
• Infections and wounds
• Nerve compressions
• Sprains and strains
• Tendon injuries
• Arthritis
• Fractures and dislocations
• Joint contractures
• Nerve injuries
• Tendinitis
• Wounds and scars

The Hand Therapy Certification Commission
The Hand Therapy Certification Commission (HTCC) is the only organization granting Hand Therapy Certification in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Australia and New Zealand. The commission is a not-for-profit corporation established in 1989. Its mission is to support a high level of competence in the practice of hand therapy through the development and administration of a formal credentialing program. HTCC is a member of the National Organization for Competency Assurance, and follows established guidelines for credentialing programs.

Please call with any questions you may have at (864) 725-7088.