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“Certified Hand Therapist” • Shirish Godbole, OTR,CHT. • Able Hands Rehabilitation PC.

HAND is probably the third most important part of our body after the heart that drives us and the brain which guides us. We interact with the environment through our hands and make things happen in our personal or professional life. Hands perform millions of functions every day without us even thinking about it. Exactly the reason why hands are so intricate, complicated and prone to injuries or impairments due to overuse.
There’s much more to our hands than the eyes can see.
Major difference between the humans and the apes is our mighty opposable thumb. The joint at the base of our thumb is amazing and moves in multiple directions. It is pulled by 9 different muscles which are controlled by 3 separate nerves, a kind of coordination and collaboration unique to us as humans.
There are 27 bones in our hand forming 29 joints, held together by 123 ligaments and pulled by 34 muscles giving us the ability and the agility to perform any job no matter how simple or complex. These muscles are fed by 30 arteries pumping enough oxygen to get the job done, easy or hard. There are no muscles in our fingers. It is probably the greatest puppet show you have ever seen. 1/4th of our cerebral cortex is devoted to the hand, indicating that our Creator also thought about our hands very seriously.
Hand injury or impairment can be a devastating blow as it reduces our interaction with the world thus affecting our per- sonal and professional as well as psycho-social life. Certified Hand Therapists (CHT’s) are highly trained and experienced in treating hand injuries and can make correct decisions at the right time including custom fabrication of Thermoplastic splints which is crucial in hand therapy. Close communication
between the Therapist and a Hand Surgeon is also essen- tial.
CHT’s can be licensed Occupational Therapists or Phys- ical Therapists, with a minimum of 3 years of experience (4000 hours), in treating hand injuries. Upon passing a board examination, they are entitled to be called CHT. Hand Therapists combine principles and practices of both professions to create a unique but highly effective ap- proach in regaining hand functions.
Take your hand health seriously. Any pain, swelling, stiffness, inability to bend or straighten fingers, tingling and numbness lasting more than a week should be eval- uated by a specialist “Hand Surgeon’ in your local area for a correct diagnosis. Hand therapy, whenever needed should be provided and/or supervised by a CHT. Any delay can result in a domino effect of various issues stem- ming from a simple problem due to ignorance. Let us all have healthy hands to be more productive in everything that we do. Able Hands Rehabilitation will always be here to help you achieve that goal.