Why Hand Therapy?
When someone has a hand injury even the smallest loss of flexibility or strength can cause a noticeable change in how they function. So much of what we do relies on healthy and pain free hand use and hands are particularly susceptible to overuse. Hand therapy helps you regain optimal use of your hands after injury, surgery, or the onset of disease.
What is a CHT?
A certified hand therapist (CHT) is someone who has had extensive training and expertise in the rehabilitation of the upper extremity as well as advanced certification in hand therapy. If you’ve had hand surgery, treatment by an experienced hand therapist is especially important as the anatomy can be very intricate and the surgery very delicate. A certified hand therapist is someone with a thorough appreciation of the specific post operative protocols, and knows how to tailor them for the fastest, most optimal recovery.
What to Expect
At Shift an experienced and dedicated hand specialist gives each person a careful evaluation. Upon the first Hand Therapy session we typically spend about 40 minutes one-on-one with you, performing a detailed evaluation. We explain our findings with you and share what you can expect regarding your recovery.
Performing a detailed evaluation is crucial to pinpoint the problem areas, and allows us to tailor your treatment plan specifically to you. It also allows us to measure your progress along the way. At your first session you will also receive a written home exercise program to get you started on the road to recovery…so yes, there will be homework! Finally, we will discuss our recommendations for frequency of therapy and work out a schedule that fits with your lifestyle.
During the course of your treatment custom splints might be fabricated to compliment your therapy. Some are used to protect healing structures after surgery, allowing pain-free use of the hand as early as possible. Some splints are fabricated to mobilize stiff joints, speeding up your recovery. We custom make all our splints to fit your unique anatomy or purpose.
You can expect frequent collaboration and communication with your doctor or other therapy practitioner to ensure that all your concerns are addressed. The focus of each session changes as you improve.
The Shift Model of Care:
- Shift treats the whole you—body, mind and spirit because these elements of your health are always connected.
- Shift uses a collaborative model to inform and empower you with multiple perspectives.
- Shift is a supportive environment where you are invited to notice your own shifting self-awareness.
95 University Place, 8th Floor
New York, New York 10003
Shift is conveniently located between 11th and 12th Street, just 2 blocks from Union Square. Nearby Subway lines include L, N, Q, R, 4, 5, 6.