MMI has a skilled team of 4 Certified Hand Therapists who work closely with our hand surgeon, Dr. Kristin Nesbitt, and her Physician’s Assistant, Cathy Rose, to coordinate your treatment and provide the highest quality of care for your upper extremity injury or condition.
The credentialing of a Certified Hand Therapist, or CHT, is a rare and highly-sought skill set that requires at least five years experience, over 4,000 hours of direct contact in hand treatment, and successful completion of the CHT exam. These individuals are widely considered experts in their field and commonly treat:
- Tendon and nerve injuries
- Fractures, dislocations and strains
- Overuse injuries
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- post-surgical tendon and nerve repairs
- traumatic upper extremity injuries
- Hand contractures
- Soft tissue injuries
Available at our main Frederick, MD facility.
Hand Therapy Rehabilitation
CHTs are masters in the fabrication and adjustment of custom splints to enhance recovery and prevent re-injury after surgery or trauma. Our hand therapists regularly attend conferences and seminars to stay updated on the latest surgical techniques, rehabilitation protocols, and best-practice approaches to injuries of the hand and upper extremity.
Our CHT’s use many techniques during hand therapy rehabilitation and offer the following services:
- Joint mobilization
- Strength training
- Training in activities of daily living
- Splint fabrication
- Soft Tissue Mobilization
- Hot/Cold Modalities
- Extensive Splinting Techniques
- Wound Care
- Dressing Changes
- Education and home exercise program
Benefits of Working with a Hand Therapist
Donna Pendleton, MMI certified hand & physical therapist, discusses hand therapy and the benefits of the hand surgeon/hand therapist relationship.
Hand Therapy After Immobilization Due to Injury
MMI Certified Hand Therapist, Tobi Smith, discusses how hand therapy can help with range of motion and function following time in a cast or splint.
Custom Hand Orthotics for Hand Conditions
MMI Certified Hand Therapist, Rich Shegogue, discusses how MMI hand therapists fabricate custom orthotics and how they are used for various hand conditions.
Ways to Reduce Stress and Strain on Your Hands
MMI physical therapist, Donna Pendleton,, discusses how hand therapy can provide strategies to minimize recurrence of hand and wrist injuries.