What is Hand Therapy?

​“Hand Therapy is the art and science of rehabilitation of the upper limb, which includes the hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder girdle.  It is the 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 intervention 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.” Journal of Hand Therapy; 2009(22)361-376), ASHT Scope of Practice; 2011

About Hand Therapy

What is a CHT?


Designation of Certified Hand Therapy (CHT) is the highest level of specialization of upper extremity rehabilitation within the fields of physical and occupational therapy. 


Requirements to become a CHT:


Completion of a degree in either occupational or physical therapy (currently, masters degree level required for occupational therapy (MS, OTR) or a doctoral degree required for physical therapy (DOT). In addition, at least three years of work experience of which at least 4,000 hours in specialized hand and upper extremity care. Finally, successful passing of a rigorous hand certification examination.


San Juan Hand Therapy is an occupational therapy clinic locally owned and operated in Durango, Colorado. We specialize in upper extremity therapy of the hand, wrist, and elbow. Our team of certified hand therapists and occupational hand therapists are committed to helping you get back to your activities of daily living; whether that be sports, work, musical instruments, or self-care.  
Our goal is to work collaboratively with our patients to help them regain function, increase motion, maximize strength and improve dexterity while decreasing pain, swelling and other effects of injuries. 

We utilize evidence-based protocols and state-of-the-art techniques to attain these goals. This includes custom splint fabrication, joint and soft tissue mobilization techniques, wound care, scar management, ergonomic and posture evaluations, modalities such as cold laser light therapy, biofeedback, ultrasound, and various forms of electrical stimulation.  We are a comprehensive hand therapy practice that prides itself on providing services in a timely, cost effective manner,  in a caring, supportive and fun atmosphere.

ASHT American Society of Hand Therapists

575 Rivergate Lane #108

Durango, CO 81301

(970) 247-7711

San Juan Hand Therapy Inc.

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