Say get well or welcome a new arrival with a gift purchased right at Crouse.
  |  Connect with Us: 
Text Size

Hand Therapy


Hand therapy is the art and science of rehabilitation of upper extremity, including hand, wrist, elbow and the shoulder area. The intricate anatomy of the arm and hand requires specialty treatment that can only be provided by a highly skilled and knowledgeable hand therapist. Hand therapists are occupational therapists (OT) or physical therapists (PT) who, through extra training and experience, have specialized knowledge of upper extremity function of the human body. A certified hand therapist (CHT) has completed a minimum of five years of clinical experience with at least 4,000 hours or more in direct practice in hand therapy.

Crouse Hospital’s Hand Therapy Program is staffed by an OT certified hand therapist with 20 years of experience in the treatment of upper extremity injuries and by a PT with over 25 years experience in the field of orthopedic physical therapy. Both work closely with patients to provide accurate assessments and immediate care for effective treatment and cure.


Crouse’s Hand Therapy Program offers:

  • Custom static and dynamic orthotic fabrication, completed during treatment in the clinic (provides better fit for faster recovery from injuries than “over the counter” splints/orthotics)
  • Thorough evaluations
  • Custom-tailored home exercise programs
  • Patient education
  • One-on-one patient care

Hand Therapy Center
Crouse East
5823 Widewaters Parkway
East Syracuse, NY 13057
Phone: 315/446-7085


Weekly Feature Article

Catch up on the latest news — updated weekly — to help stay happy, healthy and active as you age.

more >

Living with Osteoarthritis

Physical Therapy and other treatments can ease the pain of OA.

more >

Physical Fitness Guide

Check out which conditions may be keeping you sidelined — and consult your doctor.

more >

Knee Replacement

Learn more about knee replacement surgery and the PT following surgery.

more >

Fact or Myth

Can weather make your joints still or achy?

more >