WHAT WE DO
Wisconsin Hand Therapy Association (WISHTA) provides quality and affordable professional development for clinicians and students in Wisconsin and the surrounding region.
As an organization we strive to recruit knowledgeable educators who are on the forefront of evidence-based and outcome-oriented treatment techniques. We pride ourselves on exciting, hands-on courses. We serve our members through easy-to-reach information, meaningful resources and serious networking.
What is hand therapy?
“Hand Therapy is the art and science of rehabilitation of the upper limb, which includes the hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder girdle. It is the merging of occupational and physical therapy theory and practice that combine comprehensive knowledge of the structure of the upper limb with function and activity. Using specialized skills in assessment, planning and treatment, hand therapists provide therapeutic intervention to prevent dysfunction, restore function and/or reverse the progression of pathology of the upper limb in order to enhance an individual’s ability to execute tasks and to participate fully in life situations.”
Journal of Hand Therapy; 2009(22) 361-376), ASHT Scope of Practice; 2011
A Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) is an Occupational Therapist (OT) or Physical Therapist (PT) who has a minimum of five years of clinical experience, including 4,000 hours or more in direct practice in hand therapy. In addition, the Certified Hand Therapist has successfully passed a comprehensive test of advanced clinical skills and theory in upper quarter rehabilitation. Because of changes in the profession, every CHT is required to demonstrate continued professional development and competency by re-certifying every five years.