About pt Health’s Hand Therapy Services
The qualified hand therapists at pt Health have expertise in the assessment and treatment of upper limb injuries and conditions.
They can assist with everything from early wound care, dressings, suture, staple removal and splinting, through to strengthening and activities of daily living, including returning to work.
What is Hand Therapy?
Following a thorough assessment, a customized treatment program is designed to help you maximize your recovery so that you can return to the activities that matter to you most.
Our Services Include:
- Wound Care: Dressing changes, tissue debridement, suture and staple removal
- Scar & Swelling Management: Scar insert materials, compressions sleeves/gloves are available in-clinic
- Custom-Made Splints: To increase function, protect injured body parts, or as part of a treatment regimen
- Individualized Treatment: Client education, joint or soft tissue mobilization, desensitization, strengthening, functional activities, return to work planning and job site assessments
WorkSafeBC approved Hand Therapy Programs are offered to workers with injuries below the level of the shoulder in all our BC Hand Therapy Service locations:
Hand Therapist Credentials
Hand Therapy Services at pt Health are provided by therapists who are either Occupational Therapists (OTs) or Physiotherapists (PTs), with expertise in the treatment of upper limb conditions and injuries.
In addition to having a university degree, many of our hand therapists,are also Certified Hand Therapists (CHT’s). CHTs are registered PTs and OTs who have a minimum of 4,000 hours of direct upper extremity rehabilitation experience.
They have successfully completed the comprehensive American Hand Therapy Certification Examination. CHTs must maintain their CHT designation through minimum practice hours and ongoing education.
In other words, our hand therapists are an extremely experienced, dedicated, and enthusiastic group of individuals who have devoted themselves to the rehabilitation of the upper limb.
The Certified Hand Therapist credential offers assurance that the therapist has achieved the highest level of competency in the profession and stays up to date with practice within the field.
For more information on Hand Therapy Certification visit http://www.htcc.org/about/index.cfm.
Hand Therapy: Conditions We Treat
Our hand therapists have expertise in the assessment and management of a variety of problems, including:
- Boutonniere Injuries
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Crush injuries
- Mallet Injuries
- Reconstructive Surgery
- Repetitive strain injuries
- Tendon Injuries
- Trigger Finger/Thumb
pt Health services are covered by most health care plans.
Typically, these plans pay 80-100% fee for service. If you have a dental plan, chances are you also have coverage for many of the services and products we offer at pt Health.
pt Health also accepts auto insurance and Work Safety Insurance Board (WSIB/WCB).
In some cases, we also accept Veterans Affairs and Medicare, such as:
- OHIP (Ontario)
- Alberta Health Care (Alberta)
- Medical Service Plan MSP (British Columbia)
Not sure if you’ve got coverage with one of these government plans? We can help you find out. Just call us toll-free at 1-866-749-7461.
At pt Health, we believe your health should come first. We take care of the paperwork so you can focus on getting better, plus we offer direct insurance billing, saving you time and up front costs.
Our Hand Therapy Clinics are designed specifically for rehabilitation of the upper limb and have specialized supplies and equipment not normally found in most other physiotherapy clinics.
These may include unique assessment tools, whirlpools, paraffin baths, a selection of wound dressing materials and scar inserts, compression sleeves (for the fingers and arms) and gloves, specialized exercise and splinting materials, as well as many other items.
In BC, you will find our Hand Therapy locations at: