The Hand Rehabilitation Section of the APTA promotes rehabilitation of the hand and upper extremity within the profession of physical therapy, the medical community, and the general public. The Section serves to mentor, educate, promote research, and respond to the ever changing needs and interests of its membership.
By 2020, the Hand Rehabilitation Section of the APTA will be recognized by consumers and other health care practitioners as the leaders and experts in the examination, rehabilitation and prevention of hand and upper extremity impairments. To these ends, the Section will increase the introduction of physical therapists to the specialty of hand therapy, provide effective mentoring by experienced clinicians, and provide information about educational opportunities.
If you are interested in joining the Hand Rehabilitation Section, please visit the membership page on APTA’s website. Under Chapters & Sections, click “Add a Section” (you MUST be a current member of APTA).
Your choice to pursue a special interest in upper extremity rehabilitation gives you access to resources through which you can explore all areas of hand therapy. Benefits of belonging to the Hand Rehabilitation Section are:
Advertising is available in our quarterly newsletter, Hand Prints and our website. By choosing to advertise with us, you will be connecting with members who have an interest and specialization in hand and upper extremity therapy. For information about submitting an ad and to review our deadlines, please download the Advertising Guidelines and Order Form.
Are you interested in the area of hand and upper extremity rehabilitation?
Then you are eligible to become a partner to our Section. Please download a copy of our brochure and order form for more information and to apply!
The Leslie Harris Lindsey Grant for Research in the Hand and Upper Quadrant Quarter is a $5,000 grant. To qualify for funding, the study must be designed to examine the efficacy of a treatment approach, or the meaningfulness of an examination procedure used by physical therapists in hand and upper quarter rehabilitation.
The deadline to submit your application is August 15 of each year. Click here for grant guidelines. Please contact the section at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
History: Leslie Harris Lindsey PT, CHT was a treating hand therapist in Louisville Kentucky, running her own private practice with her husband, Mark Lindsey, for many years. She received the Outstanding Service Award from the Hand Rehabilitation Section for her many roles within the Section including, Secretary, President and Professional Relations Chair. She was instrumental in maintaining the financial stability of the Section, development of this research grant and in the certification of Hand Therapists. In 2012, after Leslie lost her battle with breast cancer, the Section renamed this Grant in her honor to commemorate these accomplishments.
Jane Fedorczyk, PT, PhD, CHT, ATC
Mia Erickson PT, EdD, CHT
Stacy Lynn Hite PT, DPT, MS, CHT
Leah Michelsen, PT, DPT
Emily Altman, PT, DPT, CHT, OCS
Public Relations Chair
Carla Cleary PT, DPT, CHT
Kim Kraft, PT, DPT, CHT
Teri Bielefeld PT, CHT
Stacy Lynn Hite PT, DPT, MS, CHT
Susan Duff, PT, EdD, OT, CHT
Jeff Parmelee PT, OCS
Jamie Blackley, Executive Director
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