Oster recieves CHT designation

MARQUETTE – People value the use of their hands; therefore any loss of function through injury or disease can devastate lives. A Certified Hand Therapist offers patients the assurance that the therapist treating them has achieved the highest recognition of competency in their profession. Sara Oster of Marquette General Therapies, managed by UP Rehab Services, has earned the distinguished CHT designation after completing all requirements in December 2012.

The Hand Therapy Certification Commission Inc. – the only organization granting hand therapy certification in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, The Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand, India and South Africa – announced that Sara Oster has earned her credential as a Certified Hand Therapist.

Oster was credentialed 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 who 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 sticks tissue together; the bad news is that scar 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.”

Oster has worked in the rehabilitation field for seven years assisting people in their recovery of shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand. For more information, contact UP Rehab Services at www.uprehab.com

About U.P. Rehab Services

Established in 2005 and headquartered in Marquette, MI, U.P. Rehab Services is a rehabilitation leader across the Upper Peninsula in physical, occupational, speech and aquatic therapy and currently provides advanced, evidence-based rehab to 11 nursing centers, 9 outpatient clinics and 3 hospital partnerships in 8 Upper Peninsula counties. With more than 80 qualified therapists and rehab specialists, U.P. Rehab Services’ mission to provide the highest quality of rehabilitation care to the residents of the Upper Peninsula remains strong. For more information, visit www.uprehab.com