The Hand Therapy Clinic

For more information, please call 304.526.2691

Although we rarely think about them, our hands and wrists are an important part of most of our day-to-day activities. It is only when they are stiff, sore or not working properly that we realize how much we rely on this complex group of tendons, muscles and bones. Luckily, the certified hand therapists at Cabell Huntington Hospital's Hand Therapy Clinic have a complete understanding of the hand's anatomy and functioning, along with the advanced training, skills and experience to identify the cause of the problems you are encountering and recommend treatment.

What is Hand Therapy?

Hand therapy addresses injuries and conditions of the hand, wrist, forearm, elbow and shoulder through therapeutic interventions. Ideally, treatment begins within days of the injury or surgery and continues until you are able to return to your activities of daily living.

Certified hand therapists (CHTs) are licensed or registered occupational or physical therapists who have specialized training in treating upper extremity conditions. To obtain the CHT credential, a hand therapist must practice as an occupational therapist or physical therapist for a minimum of five years, accumulating at least 4,000 hours of hand and upper extremity experience. Hand therapists must also pass a rigorous certification examination to demonstrate their competency in the practice of hand therapy. Certified hand therapists work with a variety of patients, including those who are:

  • injured through accident or trauma
  • dealing with injured tendons or nerves, wounds, scars, burns, fractures and/or amputation
  • experiencing repetitive motion disorders such as bursitis, trigger finger and carpal tunnel syndrome
  • suffering from chronic problems, such as arthritis or gout

Conditions that Benefit from Hand Therapy

Therapy and nonsurgical treatment of the hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder can be used to address:

• Tendonitis, tendon and nerve injuries                

• Soft tissue injuries                      

• Sports injuries                            

• Rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis  

• Dupuytren’s contracture                  

• Cumulative trauma disorders              

• Birth defects/Congenital deformities     

• Repetitive strain conditions             

• Crush injuries                           

• Mallet finger

•Shoulder impingement

• Wounds and infections

• Fractures, dislocations and sprains

• Carpal tunnel syndrome/Cubital tunnel syndrome

• Amputation/Replantation

• Burns and frostbite

• Tennis elbow/Golfer's elbow

• Ligament tears/Instability

• Workers' Compensation Injuries

• Trigger finger               

• De Quervain's Syndrome

• Adhesive Capsulitis (Frozen shoulder)


Our certified hand therapists work closely with physicians and clients to provide a continuum of care. Following a thorough evaluation, our hand therapists use a multidisciplinary approach in creating an individualized treatment plan for each patient that will reduce the risk of re-injury and restore function in a quick, cost-effective manner. A typical treatment plan might include hand therapy with a CHT, exercises to do at home or a combination of these. Your hand therapist may also be able to suggest new ways of approaching key activities that help diminish pain and reduce the risk of re-injury. Therapeutic treatment services may include:

• Comprehensive evaluation                             

• Joint protection techniques                                            

• Assistive technology                                 

• Functional retraining                                

• Therapeutic exercises                                

• Scar management and edema control                    

• Electrical stimulation, ultrasound, heat and ice     

• Strengthening exercises

• Desensitization

• Patient education programs                           

• Individualized strength-building, flexibility/range-of-motion programs

• Ergonomic recommendations

• Activity modification

• Custom splint fabrication (static and dynamic)

• Symptom management

• Wound and pin care

• Pain management

• Range of motion exercises

• Deep tissue massage

• Physical/Functional capacity evaluations

• Scar management

• Edema management

In summary, the goals of hand therapy are to reduce your pain, increase your strength and range of motion and help you resume your daily activities at the highest level possible.

Make an Appointment

A referral from your physician is required. To make an appointment at the Hand Therapy Clinic, please call 304.526.2691.  We will work with you to offer convenient appointment times that fit your busy schedule, including early morning and evening appointments.

What to Bring

  • A referral form from your doctor
  • Your current Insurance cards
  • Your driver's license or a government-issued photo ID
  • Co-pay and deductible payments
  • A list of medications you are currently taking
  • Any recent medical records and/or X-rays pertaining to the problem

Where to Go

We are conveniently located on Cabell Huntington Hospital’s main campus inside the SMART Center on the ground floor off the atrium.  Please take advantage of our free valet parking.

Questions? Please call 304.526.2691.


  • Last updated: 11/08/2016
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