Hand Therapy of Colorado

3333 S. Bannock Street #770 
Englewood, CO 80110

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Frequently Asked Questions

The following questions represent those we are asked most often. Please don’t hesitate to contact us for more detail or to answer additional questions.


Do you take insurance?

Yes. Hand Therapy of Colorado accepts most insurance providers and will gladly bill them for your charges. We also see patients approved under Worker’s Compensation coverage. A physician’s referral and insurance co-pay are expected at time of treatment. Please note: All insurance companies have different reimbursement plans therefore we recommend you confirm your coverage prior to your first appointment.


How does an Occupational Therapist (OT) differ from a Physical Therapist (PT)?

Typically, an OT will focus on upper extremity strength/range of motion, sensory integration, work performance, daily living activities, and adaptive behavior. A PT will emphasize joint motion, muscle strength and endurance, heart and lung function, lower extremity, and back injuries.


What is a Certified Hand Therapist?

A Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) is an occupational or physical therapist who has a minimum of five years of clinical experience, including 4,000 hours or more in direct hand therapy practice. In addition, a CHT has successfully passed a comprehensive test of advanced clinical skills and theory in upper extremity rehabilitation. There approximately 5,000 CHTs worldwide.


Do I have to see a doctor first?

Yes. All Occupational Therapists work under a physician’s prescription.


How soon after an injury (surgery, etc.) should I come in?

We recommend coming in as soon as your doctor approves. The earlier we’re able to begin treatment, the greater the chance for return to normalcy. In some cases, this may mean the day after surgery. We are specifically trained in early and safe intervention. If you’re unsure, please give us a call.


Should I wait for the swelling to go down?

No. Swelling can inhibit movement, increase pain, and slow healing. We have specific techniques to reduce swelling including gentle soft tissue mobilization, ultrasound, compression gloves, and electrical stimulation.


How long will my visit last?

The initial visit generally lasts 60 minutes. Additional treatments range from 30 to 60 minutes at a time.


What should I wear?

Comfortable loose fitting clothing allowing for unobstructed access to the injured limb.


What do I need to bring?

Physician’s prescription for treatment, insurance card, and co-payment.


Is therapy painful?

It depends on the reason you’re seeking treatment. For example, clients with repetitive stress injuries are already in pain and we work to lessen the reason they’re feeling that pain. Once treatment begins, they’ll actually feel less pain. However, individuals who have been in a cast for several weeks come out with very limited mobility. In this case, some pain may be necessary to restore mobility.


Will you stay in contact with my doctor?

A re-evaluation is preformed prior to each visit with your doctor so they can better understand your treatment program and track your progress.


Why can’t I just do all the exercises at home?

Two things must happen if a rehabilitation program is to be successful. The first is regular in-office session attendance. This is where the foundation for healing is laid. The second is adhering to your home exercise program. Doing one without the other will simply not get the same results.

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