People value the use of their hands; therefore any loss of function through injury or disease can devastate lives. A Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) offers the public assurance that the therapist treating them has achieved the highest recognition of competency in the profession. Amanda Reardon of Androscoggin Valley Hospital has renewed the distinguished CHT designation after completing all requirements in November, 2012.
The Hand Therapy Certification Commission, Inc., (HTCC), the only organization granting hand therapy certification in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, The Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand, India and South Africa, is proud to announce that Amanda Reardon has renewed her credential as a Certified Hand Therapist. Amanda has been credentialed since 2007 after meeting strict eligibility requirements and passing the rigorous Hand Therapy Certification Examination. Certification is granted for five years. In order to renew and maintain this certification at the end of the five-year period, CHTs must demonstrate current knowledge in the profession through work experience and professional development activities, or by taking the examination again. There are approximately 5,400 individuals worldwide that hold this marked designation.
According to Dr. Roy Meals, a hand surgeon at UCLA, many physicians direct patients to Certified Hand Therapists to ensure good results after hand surgery. Dr. Meals says, “Treatment of most hand conditions requires modulation of scar tissue. The good news is that scar tissue sticks tissue together; the bad news is that scar tissue sticks tissue together. The hand is such a compact structure that the margin between good and bad may only be the thickness of a few collagen fibers. The only way for a surgeon to look good in this scenario is to enlist a Certified Hand Therapist to oversee the modulation. CHTs are entirely familiar with the diseases and injuries that I treat. CHTs efficiently and effectively manage my patients’ hand rehabilitation.”
Amanda is an Occupational Therapist at Androscoggin Valley Hospital and has been on staff since April 2001. For an appointment with Amanda or another member of the AVH Occupational Therapy team, please call (603) 326-5738.
For additional information on Certified Hand Therapists, contact:
Hand Therapy Certification Commission, Inc.
1337 Howe Avenue, Suite 230
Sacramento, CA 95825-3397
Toll Free Phone: (800) 860-7097