What is a Certified Hand Therapist?

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For patients facing any number of hand issues, including hand surgery and recovery, Schneck Rehabilitation’s Certified Hand Therapist offers expert and specialized care.


Being a Certified Hand Therapist means our therapist has undergone extensive training and testing to understand a wide array of traumatic, chronic, and other conditions specific to the hand and upper extremity.


What conditions can be treated by a Certified Hand Therapist?

  • Nerve compression syndromes including Carpal and Cubital tunnel
  • Tendonitis and tenosynovitis of the shoulder, elbow, wrist, and digits
  • Simple to complex fractures of the shoulder, arm, forearm, and hand
  • Tendon, ligament, and nerve injuries/repairs of the shoulder, elbow, wrist, and digits
  • Amputations
  • Burn injuries
  • Joint arthroplasties and complex joint reconstructions of the shoulder, elbow, wrist, and digits
  • Crush injuries

Why should I see a Certified Hand Therapist?

The CHT credential shows a dedication to the very best level of care for patients suffering from injury or illness effecting their hands. Training as a Certified Hand Therapist involves meeting rigorous standards, developing a long-range career path, and acquiring advanced study and training required to pass the certification exam. This certification assures the public that the therapist has achieved the highest level of competency in their field. CHTs are also required to continue to expand their knowledge by obtaining 80 hours of continuing education every 5 years.

For more information, visit the Hand Therapy Certification Commission.

Who is Schneck’s Certified Hand Therapist?

certified hand therapist Sadie Hubbard works with patient

Sarah “Sadie” Hubbard, MOT, OTR, CHT, has a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Indianapolis. She’s been a Certified Hand Therapist for four years. She has 10 years of experience as an Occupational Therapist and has spent nine of those years in direct practice in upper quadrant rehabilitation. Sadie also has advanced training in custom orthosis fabrication for the shoulder, elbow, wrist, and hand.
Sadie continues to broaden her knowledge, regularly attending continuing education conferences/course to ensure she is up-to-date on the best evidence-based therapeutic techniques.

Why should I chose Schneck for my upper extremity rehabilitation?

People value the use of their hands and any loss of function through injury or accident may have a devastating effect on their lives. Anyone with an injury wants the very best of treatment to assure maximal recovery.

  • Schneck’s Hand Therapy program provides one-on-one treatment to all individuals receiving care.
  • Our program provides patients with individualized care by determining patient needs on a case-by-case basis. This offers the best outcomes for patients recovering from any upper extremity injury or surgery.
  • Our rehabilitation team works together on advanced cases such as those patients also requiring wound care services from our dedicated wound care nurses. This also ensures the absolute best outcome for individuals with severe trauma/wounds to the upper extremity.


Are you suffering from a hand injury or facing recover from surgery? Talk to your physician about working with Schneck Rehabilitation Services.

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About the Author

Sarah "Sadie" Hubbard, MOT, OTR, CHT

Sadie Hubbard is a Certified Hand Therapist with Schneck Rehabilitation Services.

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