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What is Hand Therapy?

Hand therapists are occupational or physical therapists who have years of experience and extensive training in rehabilitation of the hand and upper extremity. Many of the therapists have achieved the distinction of becoming a certified hand therapist (CHT). All of the hand therapists that our physicians refer to are proud of their excellent patient outcomes and their commitment to educating patients regarding their injuries and responsibilities in hand rehabilitation.

Individually designed therapy programs are carefully developed for patients to restore maximum function to the hand and upper extremity. The hand therapist's main goal is to provide care and education that allows the patient to resume their previous lifestyle. Services provided by occupational and physical therapists specializing in hand rehabilitation include:

Exercise Programs
Custom-Designed & Fabricated Splints
Wound Care
Pain Management
Patient Education
Activity Modification
Edema Control
Sensory Re-integration
Assistive Devices
Strength Building
Work Conditioning
Ergonomic Evaluations
Injury Prevention Programs

Bay Area Hand Surgery Associates works with many fine occupational and hand therapists in the San Francisco Bay Area. We refer our patients to therapists located in Northern and Central California that can be found on our Hand Therapy Referral Network. If you can not find a specialized hand therapy center near your home or business, please contact our office and we will assist you or you may search online for a therapist at

If you are a hand therapist and wish to be added to our list, please contact our office and provide your clinic information.