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3 Signs You Are Ready to Get Help to Prepare for the Hand Therapy Exam

You want to be a Certified Hand Therapist, but you feel like studying for the test is intimidating and overwhelmingly hard.   Let’s discuss the three signs you are ready to get help to prepare for the CHT exam. If you have the years, hours, and DESIRE to become a Certified Hand Therapist, this blog is …

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How to Handle Any Surgical Case as an Occupational or Physical Therapist

I remember the first shoulder patient that I treated in outpatient. I was asked to cover for the day in outpatient and I could pretty much “fake it ’til I make it” with some of the hand diagnoses, but I didn’t know anything about shoulders. I have worked with “shoulders” in SNF or acute care, …

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Top 5 Mistakes to Avoid with a Wrist Fracture or Injury

Top 5 Mistakes to Avoid with a Wrist Fracture or Injury

This Fast Focus Framework below that I use in my programs with all my students helps critically think through any case: Bones Muscle/Tendons Ligaments Nerves Skin/Fascia When it comes to using my Fast Focus Framework, it allows you to identify a primary problem and a secondary problem.  For example, if you broke a bone in …

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How to Set Patient Expectations With Difficult Shoulder Case As An OT/PT

Have you had trouble setting realistic expectations for your patients?  It can get more difficult when it’s a more complex case. Practice makes progress, and I encourage you to assess just about everyone you know.  What to look at when you’re evaluating a shoulder as an Occupational Therapist We all know that there’s a certain …

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CHT Exam Prep: How to Understand Rotator Cuff Testing For Shoulder Impingement

Why don’t OTs treat more shoulders? I understand that you might not be given the “opportunity” at your job. I understand that you might not “know everything” to be as effective as you would like. What if you CREATED your own opportunity? I know that just about every hand, wrist, elbow patient of mine – …

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Will You Be One of the 50% of Therapists Who Fail the Hand Therapy Exam

We all know the CHT exam outcomes are about a 50/50 pass/ fail rate. Some years – it’s closer to a 60% pass rate and a 40% fail rate. So it can seem overwhelming and even discouraging to even attempt to study for an exam when it seems to set you up for failure. How …

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How to Manage Your Time Documenting As an Occupational Therapist

Struggling with what to document and how to do it in a timely manner? Suppose you are an occupational therapy student going into fieldwork, a brand new Occupational Therapist trying to get into hand therapy, or potentially even an Occupational Therapist with a lot of experience trying to get into hand therapy.. these are a …

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