Hand Therapy of Colorado specializes in rehabilitating conditions affecting the hand, arm, and shoulder. Over 30 years of experience has taught us to understand exactly how limitations in these areas affect your day-to-day quality of life. This is why our extremely personalized care is focused on one thing—helping you to regain your independence.
Through proven therapy techniques and tailored treatment plans, Hand Therapy of Colorado works to get you on the road to recovery as quickly as possible. We treat everything from traumatic injuries to sports and work-related conditions, repetitive strain syndromes, and more.
We invite you to read detailed information about our services, learn more about about the conditions we treat, and find answers to frequently asked questions before making your appointment. At any time, please do not hesitate to call us at 303.808.7686.
Optimal recovery begins with early intervention and care. So it’s important to begin treatment the moment your doctor approves therapy. From your very first appointment, Hand Therapy of Colorado is working to take you from where you are today—to where you want to be. Along the way we’ll continually evaluate your progress making adjustments where needed.
· Joint and soft tissue mobilization to increase mobility
· Programs to improve strength, endurance, and function
· Techniques to reduce swelling and ease pain
· Treatment to encourage healing of scarred, burned, or injured tissue
· Custom splinting for appropriate positioning, protection or to improve movement
· Home exercise programs to promote progress made during visit
· Education on strategies designed to prevent re-injury, avoid complications, minimize stiffness, and reduce treatment time
· Ergonomic assessment
· Work conditioning programs
· Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
· Crush Injuries
· Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
· Edema (Swelling)
· Ganglion Cysts
· Impingement syndromes
· Joint replacement
· Ligament injuries
· Repetitive strain injuries
· Sports injuries
· Work-related injuries
· Tendon and nerve repair
· Trigger Finger
Yes. Hand Therapy of Colorado accepts most insurance providers and will gladly bill them for your charges. We also see patients approved under Worker’s Compensation coverage. A physician’s referral and insurance co-pay are expected at time of treatment. Please note: All insurance companies have different reimbursement plans therefore we recommend you confirm your coverage prior to your first appointment.
A Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) is an occupational or physical therapist who has a minimum of five years of clinical experience, including 4,000 hours or more in direct hand therapy practice. In addition, a CHT has successfully passed a comprehensive test of advanced clinical skills and theory in upper extremity rehabilitation. There approximately 5,000 CHTs worldwide.
We recommend coming in as soon as your doctor approves. The earlier we’re able to begin treatment, the greater the chance for return to normalcy. In some cases, this may mean the day after surgery. We are specifically trained in early and safe intervention. If you’re unsure, please give us a call.
Typically, an OT will focus on upper extremity strength/range of motion, sensory integration, work performance, daily living activities, and adaptive behavior. A PT will emphasize joint motion, muscle strength and endurance, heart and lung function, lower extremity, and back injuries.
Yes. All Occupational Therapists work under a physician’s prescription.
No. Swelling can inhibit movement, increase pain, and slow healing. We have specific techniques to reduce swelling including gentle soft tissue mobilization, ultrasound, compression gloves, and electrical stimulation.
The initial visit generally lasts 60 minutes. Additional treatments range from 30 to 60 minutes at a time.
Physician’s prescription for treatment, insurance card, and co-payment. e.
A re-evaluation is preformed prior to each visit with your doctor so they can better understand your treatment program and track your progress.
Comfortable loose fitting clothing allowing for unobstructed access to the injured limb.
It depends on the reason you’re seeking treatment. For example, clients with repetitive stress injuries are already in pain and we work to lessen the reason they’re feeling that pain. Once treatment begins, they’ll actually feel less pain. However, individuals who have been in a cast for several weeks come out with very limited mobility. In this case, some pain may be necessary to restore mobility.
Two things must happen if a rehabilitation program is to be successful. The first is regular in-office session attendance. This is where the foundation for healing is laid. The second is adhering to your home exercise program. Doing one without the other will simply not get the same results.
Hand Therapy of Colorado was founded in 2000 by Susan Betz. Susan has more than 38 years of experience as an Occupational Therapist (OTR) specializing in Hand Therapy. She was among the first group of hand therapists in the country to receive the Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) designation in 1991.
Her passion for providing the best in patient care led Susan to be the first person in Colorado to earn her doctorate in Occupational Therapy (OTD), with an emphasis in Hand Therapy, in 2007. In 2006, she was presented with the “Outstanding Physical/Occupational/Speech Therapist of the Year” award by Colorado Professionals in Workers’ Compensation.
She has extensive experience working with complex orthopedic injuries, arthritis, peripheral neuropathies, and cumulative trauma.
Susan is an active member of the American Society of Hand Therapists (ASHT) and the Rocky Mountain Hand Surgery Society (RMHSS). She is also one of the founding members of the Denver Hand Special Interest Group. Susan travels across the country attending conferences and seminars in an effort to stay current with treatment techniques, cutting-edge research, and the latest in therapy trends.
When not busy with professional interests, Susan enjoys skiing, white water rafting, sailing, cycling and hiking.
She is also an amateur ceramicist.
Karen completed her Master's in OT from California State University in 1982 after receiving her certification as an OT in 1978. She became a Certified Hand Therapist in 1991 with the first cadre of therapists to certify. The American OT Association elected her as a Fellow in 1992. She was appointed to the Journal of Hand Therapy editorial board.
Karen has worked in many clinical settings including sports medicine clinics, University Hospitals as well as her own private practices in both California and Colorado. She has had the opportunity to work with people who have many diagnostic conditions including problems based neurologically (both central and peripheral nervous system), rheumatologic (arthritis, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and Scleroderma), and complex trauma.
Karen has lectured nationally and internationally on many subjects related to Hand Therapy. She has published articles in professional journals and chapters in therapy and ergonomic texts on topics including anatomy, evaluation, orthosis design and intervention, work programs, cumulative trauma disorders and joint contracture management.
While not yet fluent, Karen enjoys communicating in Spanish with her patients who speak Spanish.
When not focused on professional endeavors, Karen enjoys hiking, biking, snowshoeing, skiing and archery. She loves attending theater, dance and music performances. National and worldwide travel help her to continue to explore diverse communities, cultures and cuisines.
Please contact us directly with any questions, comments, or scheduling inquiries you may have.
3333 S Bannock Street Suite 770, Englewood, CO 80110
Phone (303) 808-7686
Monday - Friday: 8AM–5:30PM