Kentucky Hand & Physical Therapy

At KHPT, our philosophy is a little different than what you will find at the corporate rehabilitation facilities.

Each of our treatment plans is unique to the patient, and you will always see a therapist for treatment. This patient-focused approach means that we can monitor your progress and make adjustments as they are needed, which leads to more effective recovery.

We provide a wide range of therapy services, including:

Hand Therapy:

Our therapists specialize in the rehabilitation of the upper extremity — shoulder, arm, elbow, forearm, wrist, hand, and fingers.

Some injuries and conditions typically treated by a certified hand therapist include:

  • Tendonitis/Tendonosis
  • Fractures
  • Sprains/Strain
  • Trigger Finger
  •  Joint replacement
  • Arthritis
  • Carpal Tunnel (median nerve)
  • Cubital Tunnel (ulnar nerve)
  • Trauma
  • Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis elbow)
  • Mallet Finger / Boutonniere
  • Dislocations
  • Burns
  • Cysts
  • Infections


Physical Therapy:

Our license physical therapists treat patients with a wide range of diagnoses, including disorders of the:

  • Shoulder
  • Spine
  • Hip
  • Knee
  • Ankle
  • Foot

The goals of our physical therapy program are to restore lost function, reduce pain and to prevent or reduce the severity of physical disability.  To reach these goals, your treatment may include: manual therapy, home exercise programs, postural screening, sports medicine, work injury care, acute care, and pain management.


Custom Splinting/Orthotics:

Our certified hand therapists can properly match splint material and splint design to your specific injury. Splinting techniques are used to influence healing, minimize the development of restrictive scar tissue, maintain hand function and reduce pain.

Depending on the patient and the severity of the injury, a custom splint can be effective in:

  • Preventing joint motion
  • Maintaining joint motion
  • Enhancing joint motion
  • Preventing deformity
  • Correcting a deformity


Functional Capacity Evaluations:

The KHPT Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE) is a comprehensive, systematic, and objective process of assessing a worker’s ability to perform essential job demands. The results may be used to determine: return to work capabilities, possible job accommodations, the need for further treatment, residual functional capacity, and impairment ratings.

Our FCE features include:
    • The Foundation: Based on the five hierarchical components of safety, reliability, validity, practicality, and utility.
    • The Clinicians: Residence-trained “thinking evaluators administer functional testing protocols based on the most recently published, peer-reviewed and court test literature.
    • The Report: Short summary report attached to full length report for quick review of results.
    • The Extras: The GreenLeaf Evaluation System may be utilized to assist the physician in determination of upper extremity impairment ratings.
The benefits of our FCE are:
  • Court-tested: Based on the Matheson system of biopsychosocial evaluation, testing procedures and protocols have withstood legal scrutiny and been upheld in courts of law.
  • Custom Designed: Each FCE is custom designed and job specific. We do not use a “canned” or “one size fits all” program.
  • Results: Results are objective, reliable, and always include statements regarding the client’s physical effort and reliability.
  • Timely: Results are available 24 to 48 hours after testing.
  •  No hassle scheduling: Our staff will obtain all of the authorizations necessary to proceed with and schedule the FCE!
 Physical Ability Testing

Physical ability testing is used to determine the physical ability of an individual with respect to that individual’s ability to perform a particular job. For example, an employer may want to evaluate whether an employee has the strength to lift an object or perform a certain work task. A physical ability test would be designed to simulate that task and assess the employee’s ability to perform it.

The results are used to make better work place decisions which can lead to fewer injuries, higher productivity and lower turnover.

Return to Work Programs

A return-to-work program is used to help employees get back to work more quickly. When an employee is unable to work due to a work-related injury or illness, productivity falls and costs rise. The longer the injured employee stays out of work, the higher the costs for both the employer and the employee.

According to a study performed by The Hartford, employees out of work for more than 12 weeks with a work-related injury have less than a 50 percent chance of returning to work. That can have a significant impact on the life of the worker, on the amount of the workers compensation claim, and on the employer’s ability to find another qualified employee.


Handwriting Without Tears:
Ease your child’s writing pain with our therapists

Some children experience difficulties with hand writing due to one or all of the following factors; poor postural stability, poor intrinsic hand function, poor attention to task, poor endurance with gross and/or fine motor activities, and poor visual perception and visual discrimination skills. Any and all of these factors can contribute to difficulties with handwriting. However, if addressed early, poor handwriting skills can easily be corrected with therapy, without further impact on the educational and social aspects of childhood.

Simple, effective techniques

Handwriting Without Tears is an easy and comprehensive way to teach pre-printing, printing and cursive writing. It was developed by Jan Z. Olsen, OTC, an occupational therapist and handwriting specialist. Several schools throughout the state have adapted the Handwriting Without Tears program, including Fayette County Public Schools, making Handwriting Without Tears the most widely used program in the state.

Our therapists are occupational therapists with knowledge and training in child development, including gross and fine motor manipulation, hand-eye coordination and functional grasp patterns. We provide our patients with the most effective and efficient way of learning handwriting in a friendly, welcoming environment conducive to learning.