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Hand Therapy

Cook Children's hand therapy team focuses on the art and science of evaluating and treating injuries or conditions of the upper extremity (shoulder, elbow, forearm, wrist, and hand).

Who are hand therapists?

Hand therapists are licensed or registered occupational or physical therapists. They have advanced training and experience in treating patients with conditions affecting the upper extremity. At Cook Children's our hand therapists have further specialization in treating children with congenital and acquired conditions of the upper extremity.

At Cook Children's we have 2 certified hand therapists. To obtain the CHT credential, a hand therapist must practice as an occupational or physical therapist for a minimum of three years. In that time, they must accumulate 4,000 hours of upper extremity experience. They also must pass a rigorous certification examination to demonstrate their competency in the practice of hand therapy.

What can a hand therapist do for my patients?

Hand therapists assess the needs of the patient and provide specialized care for the upper extremity. They utilize a number of therapeutic interventions, as well as fabricating custom splints and orthotics, to help their patient reach their highest level of function.

Diagnoses seen by Cook Children's hand therapy

  • Elbow, wrist, hand pain
  • Fractures/dislocations of the upper extremity
  • Flexor/extensor tendon injuries
  • Congenital hand differences

How do I refer my patients to hand therapy?

Cook Children's hand therapists perform hand therapy at our Ft. Worth Rehabilitation Services clinic located at 1719 8th Ave., Ft. Worth, TX 76110.

To refer to our hand therapy team:

  1. Outpatients from Cook Children's physicians – Place the Hand Therapy referral through Athena. Be sure to write "Evaluate and Treat" along with patient's diagnosis.
  2. Outpatients from other facilities – Fax order, patient demographics and insurance information to 682-885-7590

We're here to help.

If your child has been recommended to us, you probably have lots of questions. We can help. If you would like to schedule an appointment, refer a patient or speak to our staff, please call our offices at 682-885-4063.