Occupational Therapists help people of all ages participate in the things that they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities. When an injury limits these activities, a Certified Hand Therapist treats individuals with conditions affecting the hands and upper extremity. Treatment plans and recovery times vary according to the injury; SPT specialists work with you and your physician to maximize therapy and minimize downtime.
Hand therapy is the art and science of rehabilitation of the upper limb, which includes the hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder girdle. It is a 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 interventions 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.
Hand Therapy Certification Commission. March 2009
At SPT, we understand that hand injuries are particularly challenging. We use our hands for so many tasks on a daily basis. Our top priority is to work with you to get you back to good health as soon as possible.
SPT professional therapists customize treatment plans for each patient. We stay up to date on the latest techniques and training-including bionics-so that our patients are informed about every option available to them.
Our interactive, one-on-one hand therapy assists patients recovering from a workplace injury, surgery or focusing on overall strength and wellness.
What We Offer Our Patients:
- Hands-on, one-on-one Therapy
- Post-operative Rehabilitation
- Preventative Care
- Non-Invasive Treatment
- Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) Treatment
- Industrial consultation, which includes workforce safety and ergonomic evaluation
Currently, Certified Hand Therapy is provided at our Kenosha South, Paddock Lake and Fox Lake clinics.
Michelle Shamash, CHT – Treating in Fox Lake
Nicole Iwanowski, OTR/L, CLT – Treating at Kenosha South
Elizabeth Krippinger, MS, OTR/L – Treating at Kenosha South
Tracy Benson, MOT, OTR/L, CHT – Treating in Paddock Lake
A Higher Level of Care:
We are proud to have highly qualified, experienced certified hand therapists (CHTs) on our care team. Therapists must pass a 4-hour, rigorous exam in order to specialize in hand therapy, have at least three years’ experience and 4,000 hours of hand therapy practice. Achieving this certification allows CHTs to specialize in treating shoulders, elbows, wrists and hands specifically.
The American Society of Hand Therapists (ASHT) is an organization of “hand therapy professionals dedicated to advancing the field of hand and upper extremity therapy by promoting education, advocacy, research and clinical standards.” SPT has Certified Hand Therapists on staff who are members of the American Society of Hand Therapists. The ASHT website lists the advantages of a hand therapy specialist, including:
- Accurate assessments, immediate care and effective treatment to reduce treatment time
- A continuum of care eliminating the need for multiple medical providers
- Faster recovery results in decreased medical costs
- Functional outcomes ensuring a faster return to work and productive lifestyle
- The most comprehensive care for their patients