Rehabilitation: Occupational Therapy

To Hughston’s occupational therapists, “occupations” are all the active processes of looking after ourselves and others, and being socially and economically productive. The primary goal of therapy is rehabilitation to enable people to participate in the activities of everyday life. Because injuries to the upper extremities are especially crucial to overall function, our occupational therapists specialize in this area. Our goal for each patient is the implementation of a compassionate, individualized therapy program, dedicated to restoration of function. We strive to educate and empower patients to fully engage in all aspects of their treatment, from planning to implementation.

Hughston clinicians possess in depth knowledge and experience in the latest surgical procedures and techniques in rehabilitation. This allows them to effectively treat the complexities of upper extremity injuries and diseases. The hand center at Hughston Rehabilitation boasts a group of occupational therapists who have achieved official recognition as a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) from the Hand Therapy Commission. CHT’s are occupational or physical therapists that have a minimum of five years of clinical experience, including 4,000 hours or more in direct practice in hand therapy, and have successfully passed a comprehensive test of advanced clinical skills and theory in upper-quarter rehabilitation. CHTs must be recertified every five years.

Therapists work with orthopedic disease and injuries of the shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand as well as treatment for injuries to soft tissue, tendons, nerves and ligaments. We can also help with rehabilitation of repetitive strain injuries, wound care, and post surgical situations, including custom-fabricated orthotics to protect surgical procedures throughout the healing process.
 

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