About Hand Therapy
Occupational and physical therapists certified in hand therapy provide evaluation and treatment for individuals with a variety of upper extremity related problems. Rehabilitation aides and massage therapists are also available to compliment the therapy that patients receive. The Certified Hand Therapists (CHT's) work closely with our board certified hand surgeons to ensure excellent continuity of care and a true "team" approach to the treatment of all upper extremity conditions.
Below is a list of the conditions we treat and the services we offer:
- Hand and wrist fractures
- Elbow fractures/dislocations
- Upper extremity crush injuries
- Tendon lacerations
- Nerve compression injuries
- Brachial plexus injuries
- Upper extremity burns
- Upper extremity replantation
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Upper extremity osteoarthritis
- Hand therapy evaluation
- Custom splint fabrication
- Hand therapy treatment
- Functional capacity evaluation
- Upper extremity wound care
- Upper extremity scar management
Anatomy of the Hand
The hand is composed of many different bones, muscles, and ligaments that allow for a large amount of movement and dexterity. There are 3 major types of bones in the hand itself, including:
Phalanges. The 14 bones that are found in the fingers of each hand and also in the toes of each foot. Each finger has 3 phalanges (the distal, middle, and proximal); the thumb only has 2.
Metacarpal bones. The 5 bones that compose the middle part of the hand.
Carpal bones. The 8 bones that create the wrist. The 2 rows of carpal bones are connected to 2 bones of the arm--the ulna bone and the radius bone.
Numerous muscles, ligaments, and sheaths can be found within the hand. The muscles are the structures that can contract, allowing movement of the bones in the hand. The ligaments are fibrous tissues that help bind together the joints in the hand. The sheaths are tubular structures that surround part of the fingers.
In addition, there are arteries, veins and nerves within the hand that provide blood flow and sensation to the hand and fingers.
Sarah Anderson, M.O.T.R., is an occupational therapist and certified hand therapist. Anderson received her master’s degree in occupational therapy from San Jose State University and became certified in hand therapy in 2008. She specializes in a wide variety of injuries involving the hand and upper extremity regions, including fractures, tendon and ... Read More
Kathy DeTemple, OTR/CHT graduated from the University of Kansas in Occupational Therapy in 1978, she began working at the University of Utah in 1988 specializing in the treatment of hand and upper extremity injuries. Kathy obtained Certification in Hand Therapy the first year it was available in 1991. Kathy enjoys sharing her knowledge and experien... Read More
Lana Kiezer, OTR, CHT graduated from Colorado State University in 1989. She began her career in Occupational Therapy at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Florida, working in spine and head injury rehab, hands and burns. She received her certificate in Health Management in 1994. In 1996 she obtained a certificate in hand therapy and went on to w... Read More
Stephanie Sato Sueoka, MPT, DPT, CHT received her Masters in physical therapy from Idaho State University (1993) and her Doctorate in PT from the University of Utah (2006). She has been a certified hand therapist since 1999. Stephanie has worked for the University Hospital since 1994 and in addition to her orthopaedic hand experience she has extens... Read More