SRO Focuses On An Exceptional Group Of Physical Therapists For Hand Therapy Week

Hand Therapy Week June 5-11

SRO’s Hand Therapy program is unique in our area, as it is the only program in Northern California, which has three full-time therapists who are all fully OTR/L, CHT credentialed …

Santa Rosa Orthoapedics recognizes Hand Therapy Week happening this year from June 5-11 – a week-long event set aside by the American Society of Hand Therapists (ASHT) to raise awareness of the art of hand therapy. The organization also celebrates the exceptional work that the highly skilled team of SRO Certified Hand Therapists do for patients.

“SRO’s Hand Therapy program is unique in our area, as it is the only program in Northern California which has three full-time therapists who are all fully OTR/L, CHT credentialed,” explained orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Kau-Uwe Mazar. “Having this level of expertise to draw from, gives our patients a clear advantage and greater chance of achieving optimal recovery.” The Hand Center at SRO is part of SRO Sports Medicine and rehabilitation Center, a state-of-the-art 10,000 sq. ft. facility equipped with specialized technology designed to enhance patient recovery and rehabilitation.

What is hand therapy?

Hand therapists are occupational or physical therapists who, through advanced study and experience, specialize in treating patients with conditions affecting the hands and upper extremity. Some may also have advanced certification as a certified hand therapist (CHT), as do all hand therapists who work for Santa Rosa Orthopaedics.

As certified hand therapists, these highly skilled professionals have the expertise to provide many non-operative interventions, employ preventative care strategies and support post-surgical rehabilitation. SRO’s CHTs routinely cover a wide variety of upper extremity disorders, everything from minor finger injuries to total joint replacements. Patients with chronic conditions including arthritis, or neurologic conditions such as a stroke also benefit significantly from hand therapy.

“SRO hand therapy specialists have the finely tuned expertise to help take patients through the recovery process for hand or upper extremity injuries,” explains Cynthia Syiek MA, OTR/L, CHT. “As certified hand therapists, our goal is to help…

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