Hand therapy is the rehabilitation of the hand, wrist and upper limb following injury, surgery or the development of a specific disorder affecting that part of the body.
Hand therapists are registered physiotherapists and occupational therapists who have chosen to specialise into this field of work. They have generally undertaken (and continue to undertake) further specialist post-graduate education and have spent many years developing their clinical skills. They usually work very closely with Hand Surgeons.
Hand therapists assess and treat the hand, wrist and upper limb in order to effectively help their patients return to a full and independent lifestyle. For an overview of the treatment techniques often used see here.