Certified Hand Therapy

Our Certified Hand Therapy program involves a branch of rehabilitative medicine that assesses functional limitations and develops a rehabilitation program to improve function. Your occupational therapist will design an exercise program specific to your needs, maximizing your return to functional activities. 

Physical therapists and occupational therapists can become Certified Hand Therapists, working side-by-side with the use of treatment approaches from both disciplines to enhance the recovery from an upper extremity injury. Colorado In Motion has three Certified Hand Therapists, providing services at the Windsor Clinic and the East Fort Collins Clinic.

How Certified Hand Therapy Works

Hand therapy combines the skills of occupational therapy and physical therapy to provide a specialized approach to treating disorders of the upper extremities.

Healthy movement techniques, splinting, adaptive equipment, and energy conservation techniques are some of the many potential components of your rehabilitation. In addition to dealing with an individual’s physical well-being, OT practitioners address psychological, social, and environmental factors that may hinder your functional independence. This unique approach makes occupational therapy a vital part of any healthcare team.

A typical treatment from our therapists will begin with a thorough evaluation of your condition. Your OT will provide hands-on treatment, custom splinting if necessary, recommendations for adaptive equipment as necessary, education regarding your condition, and instruction in a home program.

Is Certified Hand Therapy right for you?

Common injuries and conditions treated by our Certified Hand Therapists include: 

  • Sprains & Strains in the shoulder, elbow, wrist, and fingers
  • Fractures of the upper extremity
  • Tendinitis
  • Trigger finger
  • DeQuervain’s syndrome
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Arthritis
  • Traumatic injuries
  • Open wounds
  • Tendon repairs
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Shoulder adhesive capsulitis
  • Fine motor coordination deficits
  • Repetitive trauma injuries

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Here’s what some of our patients had to say

I am 100% cured. No more numbness in my fingers. I don’t even need to wear my brace at night anymore. Your recommended equipment and posture changes did the trick. Thanks so much!

five stars Rob, Fort Collins Rob, Fort Collins

Our son was 9+ weeks premature and required physical therapy to help with his gross motor skills. Jessica Albers was our therapist and she was wonderful. She gave us the tools to help our son develop and he is now a very active little two year old. We would recommend Jessica to any parents with…

five stars Aaron Biesemeier Aaron Biesemeier

I was referred to CIM for some calf and Achilles issues a few months after a bad strain. I had the pleasure of working with Derek Haverley to resolve it. Derek took time explaining to me how dry needling could help the situation, the results were amazing. It took about 4-5 sessions of dry needling…

five stars Jill Fox Jill Fox

From the very first treatment with Tim I knew I was on the road to recovery. A combination of dry needling, manipulation, home exercises relieved my chronic leg pain caused by a herniated disk. I was in severe pain and limited mobility for more than 3 years. I’ve had 4 treatments and I’m back on…

five stars Joe Joe

Tim has been helping me deal with various running and cycling injuries for a couple of years. They have included hip, back, calf, and knee issues. The at-home exercises he recommended helped so much, and I am now running and cycling pain free. He also recommended a specific strength training program. I am so grateful…

five stars Sheri Sheri

I was in a horrible car accident and had tried many specialized treatments for pain and pain management for more than a year before it was suggested (by a foot doctor) to have Physical Therapy at CIM. Three months ago I started working with David at the College/Harmony facility. What a difference he has made…

five stars Carol carol

Through a combination of dry needling and exercises, Terry had my lower back pain gone within a few weeks. His approach to care is great — educate the patient, give ’em the necessary tools, and the healing happens.

five stars Chris Ketterman Chris Ketterman

Terry is phenomenal. I’m a runner that has been working on a variety of issues for quite a while and I very recently saw Terry. I’ve had chronic Plantar Fasciitis and Terry has gotten it taken care of. His use of ASTYM has been great and my return to running has been much faster than…

five stars Jim Haselmaier Jim Haselmaier

I worked with John Zapanta this fall for joint pain and had terrific results. I was often amazed with the progress made. John’s personality, talent and enthusiasm regarding my recovery made the process more enjoyable than I would have thought possible. I was impressed that he often would follow up with an e-mail with photos…

five stars Cynthia Coogan Cynthia Coogan

I was referred to Colorado Physical Therapy Specialists and saw John. He was very helpful in easing the pain in my shoulder and gave me exercises to do at home in short increments of time that would fit into my schedule, but would still accomplish the goal. He will listen to any concerns, is very…

five stars Carol Metzner Carol Metzner

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Schedule an appointment or call us at (970)-221-1201.

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