Here are Links to Important Hand Therapist Organizations
The Hand Therapy Certification Commission (independent from AHTF) is the official organization for certification of hand therapy specialists. Information and advice for qualifying for the hand therapy exam is available directly from their website www.htcc.org.
The American Society of Hand Therapists (independent from AHTF) is the official membership organization of hand therapists. Information for membership is available directly from their website www.asht.org.
The American Society For Surgery of the Hand holds an annual meeting and now has an affiliate membership category for qualified hand therapists. Information for membership can be found at www.assh.org.
International Federation of Societies for Hand Therapy. Information can be found at www.ifsht.org.
The following represent examples of recent peer-reviewed publications and educational / scientific presentations that were made possible in part by AHTF grants (names of grantees are highlighted).
Mattos DJS, Domenech SC, Borges Junior NG, Dos Santos MJ. (2010). The control of grip forces under the effect of hand fatigue in individuals with carpal tunnel syndrome. Brazilian Journal of Motor Behavior, 5. 65.
Cleary C., Sanders AK., Nick TG. Reliability of the Skin Compliance Device in the Assessment of Scar Pliability. (2007) Journal of Hand Therapy, Vol. 20, Issue 3, July-September 2007, p. 232-238
Groth, GN (2007) Clinical decision making and therapists’ autonomy in the context of flexor tendon rehabilitation. J Hand Ther 21(3):254-9.
Stegink Jansen CW, Niebuhr BR, Coussirat DJ, Hawthorne D, Moreno L, Phillip M. (2008). Hand force of male and female adults over 65 years of age as measured by maximum pinch and grip force. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity. 16:24-41.
Lewis ES, Fors L, and W Tharion. (2010). Intertester and intratester reliability of finger goniometry. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 64(4), 1-7.
Poole, J.L., Heerter Walenta, M., Alonzo, V., Coe, A., & Moneim, M. (2011). Comparison of two rehabilitation regimens following basal joint arthroplasty: A pilot study. Physical and Occupational Therapy in Geriatrics, 29, 327-336.
Campos C de, S., Jr., Bracht, M. A., & Dos Santos, M. J. (2013). The effect of finger joint hypomobility on precision grip force. J Hand Ther, 26(4), 323-329.
Schwartz, DA. (2005). Strategies for facilitation of tendon transfers for enhanced wrist extension in cerebral palsy: a case report. British Journal of Hand Therapy, 10 (1); 10-16.
Shechtman, O., Hope, L., Sindhu, B. (2007). Evaluation of the torque-volocity test of the BTE-Primus as a measure of sincerity of effort of grip strength. Journal of Hand Therapy, 20(4): 326-335.
Schwartz, DA. (2006). Hands across the water: clinical observations of hand therapy practices in Great Britain and Norway. Journal of Hand Therapy. 19:358-364.
Wuori JL, Overend TJ, Kramer JF, Macdermid J (1998). Strength and pain measures associated with lateral epicondylitis bracing. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 79: 832-837.
Scientific / Educational Presentations:
Stegink Jansen, CW, Viegas, SF, Patterson, RM, Netscher, D, Goldie Staines. A Scale to Profile Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Severity Symptoms: the CTS3. Joint Annual Meeting of ASSH & ASHT San Antonio, TX 2005
Alonzo, V, & Poole, J.L. Short term outcome following basal joint arthroplasty and occupational therapy, UNM HSC OT Research Day May 2005.
Schwartz, D. Participation in the 2006 Tenth Anniversary Congress of the Venezuelan Hand Therapy Society sponsored by the Sociedad Venezolana de Terapeutas de Mano. Presentations included Tendon Transfers, Tendon Transfers for Radial Nerve Palsy, Understanding X-Rays and Splinting, as well as Panel Discussion on Focal Dystonia and Splinting demonstration.
Heeter, M & Poole, J.L, Occupational therapy and carpal metacarpal arthroplasty, UNM HSC OT Research Day April, 2004.
Stegink Jansen, CW, Viegas, SF, Patterson, RM, Netscher, D, Goldie Staines, K, Helfst, B, Hildreth, D.Validity of Core symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) as diagnostic tools and to measure change over time. Combined Sections meeting APTA, San Diego. 2006
Lewis, E., Howley, A., Jones, M. Trigger Finger Treatment: An Outcome Study. Comparing surgical intervention to all conservative treatments. American Society for Hand Therapists (ASHT) 36th Annual Meeting. Chicago, IL. Best Scientific Poster 2013.
Chai, S.C., Bear-Lehman, J., Weinberg, S., & Nonken, M. (2012). A Preliminary analysis on the relationship between hand discomfort, perceived exertion, and hand function status among piano students. American Society of Hand Therapists 35th Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, 2012
Blackmore, S. Medical Volunteerism ASHT, 2012.
Karakas HM, Altinok MT, Kadir E, Stegink Jansen CW. Correlations between morphological ultrasonography of the median nerve and perceived symptoms in patients with carpal tunnel syndrome. 13th World Congress of Psychophysiology. Istanbul, Turkey. 2006
Claudino R, Dos Santos MJ. Grip force control in elderly practitioners of physical activity. XIX Congresso Brasileiro de Fisioterapia, Florianópolis, SC, Brazil, 2011.
Shechtman, O. Identifying full versus low grip strength effort. Invited presentation at the American Society for Surgery of the Hand: Electives in Hand surgery meeting; February 9, 2008; New Orleans, LA.
Schwartz, D. “Tendon Transfers for Enhanced Wrist Extension in Cerebral Palsy”. 15 minute paper at the International Federation of Societies of Hand Therapy meeting in Edinburgh, Scotland, June 2004.
Frydl, J, Upper extremity prostheses: inter-professional and international learning and teaching in Coya, Peru. ASHT annual meeting 2013
Schwartz, D. “Tendon Transfers for Radial Nerve Palsy”. Poster presentations at ASHT 27th Annual Meeting, October 21-24, 2004, Charlotte, North Carolina.
Lewis, E., Fors, L., Tharion, W. Instruments of Change. Intrarater and Interrater Reliability of the Finger Goniometric Measurements. American Society for Hand Therapists (ASHT) 34th Annual Meeting. Nashville, TN 2011
Shechtman, O., Hope, L., Sindhu B.S. Using the Torque-Velocity Test of the BTE-Primus to Measure Sincerity of Effort of Grip Strength. American Society of Hand Therapists 28th Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA, September 15, 2006.