Certified Hand Therapy FAQ


Certified Hand Therapy FAQ

What is Certified Hand Therapy and how can it help me?

  • A Certified Hand Therapy Provider is highly specialized in treatment from elbow to finger-tip. In order to hold this certification, a Certified Hand Specialist must pass a certification exam that demonstrates advanced clinical knowledge, experience, and skills in the practice of hand and upper extremity rehabilitation.
    • Common conditions we treat:
      • Hand & wrist arthritis
      • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
      • Tennis Elbow & Golfer's Elbow
      • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
      • De Quervain's Tenosynovitis
      • Fractures & crush injuries
      • Sprains & strains
      • Amputations
      • Shoulder impingement & frozen shoulder
      • Rotator cuff tears
      • Dislocations
      • Tendon & nerve repair
      • Ligament injuries
      • Trigger Finger
      • ... and many more!
  • At Lone Peak, we provide the highest level of specialized care. If pain in your upper limbs is limiting your ability to perform in sports, at work, or in daily activities, our certified hand therapy experts can get you back to an active and functional lifestyle.

What can I expect during a hand therapy session?

  • One on one specialized treatment with a licensed therapist who understands the complex nature of the hand and upper extremity, who is going to adapt each treatment session to your individual goals to return each individual to what they enjoy. 

What is the most common injury or ailment treated by a CHT?

  • Arthritis! The aches and pains from overuse and repetitive motions of the wrist and thumb especially. Don't let pain or a diagnosis stop you from doing what you love, come see us today!

What is the difference between a store-bought splint and a custom made split?

  • A store-bought or “off-the-shelf” splint is made of thick, heavy material and often does not provide the support you need to have a full resolution of symptoms or healing.
  • Our custom-made splint fabrications are made of an extremely light weight, and breathable material. We take the time to make sure your split fits you perfectly, performs properly and resolves all of the symptoms you are having.
  • Most custom splinting is covered by insurance, our front office staff will verify your exact benefits prior to any type of fabrication so that you know exactly what to expect.

Is Hand Therapy covered by insurance? Do I need a referral from my doctor? 

  • All of our Certified Hand Therapy providers accept insurance, as well as our Self Pay Options.
  • We do not require a script for you to come see us!
    • However, if you have a VA, Medicare and Medicaid we do need a referral prior to your first appointment in order to bill these specific insurance plans.


You're in the right hands, contact us today to schedule!






Content Contributor: Trent Gahl, OTD, CHT

Photo Credit: Allie Brooke

Lone Peak Physical Therapy