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What is the difference between a Physical or Occupational Therapist and a Certified Hand Therapist?

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Certified Hand Therapists, or CHTs, are Occupational or Physical Therapists with advanced study and training, a minimum of 3 years’ experience and 4,000 hours of direct care of patients with upper extremity injuries.

They are required to pass a certification exam that ensures their extensive knowledge of all areas of hand therapy. They must renew their credentials every five years through continued education and participation in hand therapy in order to retain their certification.

There are less than 7,000 CHT’s worldwide.

At Happy Hands, our CHT’s have a minimum of 6+ years’ experience in hand therapy.


For further questions, please contact us at Happy Hands for further information.

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