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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.

We have two certified hand therapists (CHT) on staff at Cook Children's. 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.

Conditions we see

If your child is referred to our program, we will assess their needs and provide specialized plan of care. Our hand therapists utilize a number of therapeutic interventions. If needed, we can also fabricate custom splints and orthotics to help your child reach their highest level of function. The most common referrals we see are:

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

Physician referrals

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.