Certified Hand Therapy FAQ: Your Top Questions Answered


Certified Hand Therapy FAQ

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

  • A Certified Hand Therapy Providers are highly specialized in treatment of the upper extremity from elbow to finger-tip.
    • 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 services can get you back to an active and functional lifestyle.

What is special about a CHT?

  • In order to hold this certification, a Certified Hand Specialist (CHT) must pass a certification exam that demonstrates advanced clinical knowledge, experience, and skills in the practice of hand and upper extremity rehabilitation.
  • In order to sit for the examination, the provider must already have a minimum of 3 years experience and over 4,000 direct treatment hours.
  • With an overall pass rate of 60%, the CHT examination allows only the best of the best providers to advance and earn this expert level certification.
  • Surgeons trust and seek out CHT's for this reason for post surgical rehabilitation. We value our relationships with hand surgeons at a high level, and receive referrals from cities all over Montana and as far as New York, Chicago, and Atlanta.

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 splint 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

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