Answers to Common Hand and Wrist Questions

Premier Health providers answers frequently asked questions about common hand and wrist conditions.

Do hand therapists have special training? What do they do?

Krista Storms, OT, talks about the role of a hand therapist. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

Do hand therapists have special training? What do they do?

Hand therapists are occupational or physical therapists with specialized training. They treat many types of hand injuries. Premier Health’s Krista Storms, OT, talks more about hand therapy.


A hand therapist is an occupational therapist or a physical therapist with at least three years of clinical experience and 4,000 hours or more of training in hand therapy. Hand therapists work with patients who have a variety of conditions, such as arthritis flare-ups that create a functional problem, carpal tunnel syndrome, cubital tunnel syndrome, a traumatic injury like a fall or a workplace injury to the hand that requires reattachment.

Hand therapists see patients at all stages of hand injuries, not just after surgery. We see patients prior to surgery, or we work with them to try to prevent surgery. We see people with general arthritis to provide treatments to decrease symptoms and alleviate swelling and pain. We give our patients tools they can put in their toolbox and pull out anytime they have a flare-up. The hope is that they won’t need to seek treatment as often.

Learn more:

Source: Beth Berrettoni, MD, Hand and Reconstructive Surgeons and Associates; Matthew Cavo, MD, Hand and Reconstructive Surgeons and Associates; Krista Storms, OT, Premier Health

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