International Federation of Societies for Hand Therapy IFSHT
Hand Therapy has developed along with the specialty surgical area of Hand Surgery. The needs of patients with hand injuries and illness require specialized therapists to facilitate the return of function for these patients. Both occupational and physical therapists work in the field of Hand Therapy. They are part of the medical team. They work with general physicians, hand surgeons, orthopedic surgeons, trauma surgeons, plastic surgeons, rheumatologists, neurologists and physiatrists and other medical and social professions. The diagram below reflects data from the 2014 IFSHT membership survey regarding the national distribution of occupational and physical therapists in the area of Hand Therapy.