Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapists at MOTION all work with clients to restore their ability to participate in meaningful activities both in the clinic and in their daily lives. We promote positive outcomes for clients, including maximizing their involvement with the therapy experience and results, maintaining their ability to engage in desired roles within their family, at their job and in their communities, experiencing quality of life as they define it.

Occupational therapists work with all clients who have limited function and independence in the activities they think are important. Our therapists work closely with referring doctors and the patient to treat in the specialty areas of:

  • Pediatric Rehabilitation
  • Hand and Upper Extremity Rehabilitation

Our Occupational Therapists also evaluate and treat the following conditions and many more:

  • Stroke
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Orthopedic conditions
  • Arthritis
  • Deconditioning from illness, hospitalization
  • Consultations for adaptive equipment and custom orthoses to maximize function

Hand Therapy

The hand is an intricate, complex part of the body. It is essential for all daily activities including work and everyday tasks. From getting dressed and eating breakfast, working at a computer, lifting and carrying boxes or driving, we use our hands all day long. When there is pain and injury to the hand due to traumatic accidents, disease, repetitive stress, or conditions from birth, independent function can be very limited. A specialized approach by therapists who focus on the upper extremity is instrumental in recovery

Our hand therapists work closely with referring doctors and the patient to treat the following conditions and many more:

  • Fractures
  • Nerve injuries
  • Tendon injuries
  • Repetitive stress injuries- including carpal tunnel, trigger finger, tennis elbow
  • Arthritis
  • All post-surgical conditions of the hand and upper extremity

Our hand therapists are experienced in the design and fabrication of custom orthoses for the hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder. We are able to design custom orthoses as per the doctor’s referral as well as incorporate this specialty practice into all patient’s care programs if needed.

Several of our highly skilled clinicians have pursued the specialty and become certified hand therapists. They are proficient in treatment of the hand and upper extremity and directly supervise all staff that treat these conditions.

Certified Hand Therapist Criteria

The process to become a certified hand therapist (CHT) is rigorous. An occupational therapist or physical therapist needs to have a minimum of five years of clinical experience, including more than 4,000 hours of direct practice in hand therapy.

Therapists must:

  • Successfully pass a national certification exam, administered by the Hand Therapy Certification Commission (HTCC) htcc.org.
  • Clinicians with CHT designation are required to re-certify every five years through accredited advanced continuing education and continued specialty practice in hand therapy.

For more information about occupational and hand therapy please visit the American Occupational Therapy Association website: aota.org.