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Date:4/18/2008

Hand Therapy Awareness & Injury Prevention Week is June 9-13

CHICAGO, April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Society of Hand Therapists (ASHT) is sponsoring Hand Therapy Awareness & Injury Prevention Week, June 9- 13, in an effort to increase recognition of the benefits of hand therapy and the importance of injury prevention.

During the week of June 9-13, ASHT will be joined by hand therapists and healthcare professionals around the country in raising awareness of how hand therapy helps patients recover from injury or trauma every day. Hand Therapy Awareness & Injury Prevention Week is celebrated through community and local media outreach, promotional events at local clinics, partnerships with hand surgeons and hospitals, dissemination of information to patients and special recognition of hand therapists at clinics, among other efforts.

"The importance of hand therapy cannot be understated," says ASHT President Paige E. Kurtz, MS, OTR/L, CHT. "The specialized care hand therapists provide is critical to the recovery and healing process. It's important for those suffering from hand injuries or trauma to understand the role hand therapy plays in their ability to fully recover. It's equally important that everyone is aware of the risks of hand injuries and how to greatly reduce those risks."

Through the treatment of the hand and upper extremity, hand therapists enhance the lives of patients by restoring functional activity through specialized skills in assessment and treatment. Either physical or occupational therapists, hand therapists achieve their specialization through extra training and experience. Additionally, therapists can obtain the Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) designation with a minimum of five years of clinical experience and by meeting the necessary requirements.

Hand Therapists specialize not only in treating injuries, but prevention as well. As part of Hand Therapy Awareness & Injury Prevention Week, ASHT enc
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