Hand therapists are physical or occupational therapists with extensive training, clinical practice, and expertise in anatomy, physiology, and kinesiology of the upper extremity. This knowledge enables them to smoothly transition the patient from the medical intervention of pathological upper extremity conditions to successful recovery. Hand therapists help patients recover faster after surgery through the use of patient education, wound healing, modalities, infection prevention, scar care, and inflammation relief.
A certified hand therapist has at least three years of practice with a minimum of 4,000 hours of clinical treatment for hand and arm afflictions. To achieve certification, hand therapists must prove their proficiency by passing an extensive certification exam.
About Anne Moscony, OT, CHT
Anne Moscony is an occupational therapist (OT) and a certified hand therapist (CHT) who has been practicing for over thirty-five years. She received her Masters in Occupational Therapy from New York University in 1984.
Anne began her career in Philadelphia, PA, working in both acute care and outpatient orthopaedic rehabilitation settings. During this time, she lectured about various topics, including management of nerve and tendon injuries, and intervention strategies for rehabilitation of fractures of the hand and wrist. Anne also worked as an adjunct professor for the Philadelphia University OT program.
In 2017, she moved to Orlando, Florida, and joined the Ability Rehabilitation team shortly after that. Anne is currently working out of the downtown Orlando office. In 2019, she received her doctorate in occupational therapy and is now working as a contributing faculty member at the University of St. Augustine.