What is a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT)? 

ANSWER:  A certified hand therapist (CHT) is an occupational therapist or physical therapist with:

– A minimum of five years of clinical experience in treating orthopedic shoulder, elbow, wrist and finger injuries is needed prior to becoming eligible to take the exam.,

– At least 4,000 hours or more in direct practice in the treatment of shoulder, elbow, wrist and finger is needed before one in eligible to take the exam.


How many Certified Hand Therapists are there and is the Board Exam difficult to pass? 

ANSWER: As of 2012, there were only 5,382 Certified Hand Therapists in The United States.  The test is very challenging as only 58% passed the November 2012 Board Exam.  The passing rate has recently been as low as 38% (January 2006).


By comparison – how many Physical Therapist, Occupational Therapist and Chiropractor positions are there?

ANSWER: As of 2010 (according to the United States Department of Labor), there were over 198,000 Physical Therapy positions available, 108,000 Occupational Therapy positions available and 52,600 Chiropractor positions available.  As you see, although all the above professions can and do treat arm injuries, only a very small percentage are Board Certified by the Hand Therapy Certification Commission.     Note:  The CHT credential can only be obtained by a Physical or Occupational Therapist.


Where can I go to find out more about the Certified Hand Therapy Credential?

ANSWER: Please visit www.htcc.org.


I have a therapy prescription for another therapy facility.  Can I choose Shoulder Elbow & Hand Therapy instead?

ANSWER:  As long as the therapy prescription was signed and dated within the last thirty days the answer is yes.  You have the right to go wherever you want to go.  Explain to your doctor the benefits of working with a Board Certified Hand Therapist and the benefits of working with a company who only rehabilitates arm injuries.


I’m currently attending another facility and not seeing any results.  How can I switch?

ANSWER:  Bring in a copy of the current existing prescription.  I am extremely confident that you will get better results at our clinic, especially if your shoulder, elbow, wrist or finger is stiff or stuck in scar tissue adhesions.


Do I need a prescription to be treated?

ANSWER:  Yes, a prescription is needed from your doctor.  If you have arm pain I would recommend you see an orthopedic surgeon to rule out any underlying medical condition that would not respond well to conservative treatment.   Most shoulder pain, tennis elbow, golfers elbow, DeQuervains and other overuse injuries can be treated very effectively in only a few short visits.



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