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University of Rochester Staff Hand Therapist - 229923 in Rochester, New York

Staff Hand Therapist Job ID 229923

Location Strong Memorial Hospital Full/Part Time Full-Time Favorite Job Regular/Temporary Regular Opening

Full Time 40 hours Grade 051 Hand Rehabilitation




General Purpose:

The Hand therapist under the direction of the Chief is accountable for provision of competent patient care based on established standards. The Hand therapist will use appropriate physical or occupational therapy procedures in order to plan and implement a treatment program for patients with upper extremity injuries and/or disabilities, following physician's orders:

Reports to:

Chief of Hand Rehabilitation/Senior Hand Therapist

Specific Responsibilities:

University of Rochester Classification Physical Therapist/Occupational Therapist

5-10% Performs administrative tasks for clinic operations such as:

  • Assists Senior Hand Therapist by participating in the educational committee/research committee etc if needed

  • Assists Senior Hand Therapist in planning in-services, symposiums, student clinical affiliations and hand therapist fellowship.

  • Attends and represents the department as needed outside the University (e.g. conferences, as a speaker on career panels at local schools or teaching at colleges, etc.)

  • Prepares meetings and staffing in-services for staff as needed

  • Purchases equipment and supplies as authorized.

  • Assures that equipment is operational and in good repair; makes minor repairs and adjustments

  • Recommends improvements, e.g. policy changes, new equipment, etc for considerations by superiors.

  • Ensures compliance of department with all Strong Health, Article 28, JCAHO, and other regulatory requirements and reports status to Chief as needed.


  • Demonstrates the ability to apply the biomechanical properties of a muscle, muscle-tendon-juncture, tendon, ligament, articular and fibrocartilage

  • Explains the fundamentals of the inflammatory response and tissue healing including time frames, implications for rehabilitation and how to modify a plan of care according to the stage. Demonstrates proper utilization and technique when applying the ROM and strength listed on initial evaluation forms and is able to articulate what they are used for and the possible limitations

  • Articulates range of motion norms of each joint and how they relate to work or activities (shoulder, elbow, wrist, and hand). Also utilizes accepted measurement techniques to assess and document range of motion.

  • Describes the appropriate utilization of the progression of forces from PROM to AAROM to AROM to resistive exercise following an injury or surgery.

  • Differentiates the pathology of tendonitis verses tendonosis, joint tightness verses muscle tightness and develops a plan of care appropriately.

  • Articulates indication, contraindication and appropriate parameters for the following modalities: E-Stim, Ultrasound, Phonoporesis, Iontophoresis.

  • Demonstrates the ability to interpret subjective and objective data to identify the potential sources of pain, dysfunction and underlying pathology. Also, articulates the understanding and applies the differences between pathology and impairment when developing a plan of care.

  • Produces a written plan of care for diagnosis based on evidence and criteria based progressions for return to sport, work, and/or active lifestyle.

  • Will not only be able to apply the understanding of the contributing factors and pathomechanics but will be able to articulates and accurately describes/ discusses the fundamental mechanics of Shoulder/Elbow/Hand surgical procedures seen in Hand Rehabilitation.

  • Demonstrates the importance of adapting the plan of care in response to pain levels and objective findings.

  • Ability to describe and apply the rationale for using exercises for the upper extremity as it relates to any given upper extremity condition, the biomechanics of an upper extremity injury and joint protection.

  • Demonstrates the ability to fabricate proper splinting and apply the indications and contraindications for the hand and elbow splints used in Hand Rehabilitation.

  • Provides patient care in a competent, efficient manner, following policies and procedures.


Bachelor's, Master's or Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy or Occupational therapy or a Bachelor's with certificate in Physical or Occupational Therapy. Requires NYS licensure as a Physical or Occupational Therapist. Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) credentialing preferred. Membership in professional organizations such as the American Physical or Occupational Therapy Association, the American Society of Hand Therapists and/or American Society of Hand Surgeons is desirable.

How To Apply

All applicants must apply online.

EOE Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled