What is a professional bike fit?
Maria and Trisha are both certified to perform bike fits from the Institute of Clinical Excellence (ICE). With this certification, you can rest assured you will not only get your bike best fit to you for injury prevention and performance, but also take into account current injuries, aches, and pains that may occur from biking, and help teach you ways to treat these injuries by stretching, strengthening program, or other techniques. Unlike bike fittings performed at bike or gear shops, as a PT/OT team, we look at your cycling biomechanics to delve into risky positions of your low back, knees, wrists, neck, etc.
If you are a road biker and you get neck pain, there are many reasons this can occur, from an ill-fitting bike, inadequate training, or other causes. One thing to consider is your sunglasses and helmet. If your sunglasses have a thick rim you have to raise your head to better view the road, this could be one cause of neck pain! Try rimless sunglasses (or none initially). Also consider your head position due to a helmet visor. Every small change can have a huge effect on your biomechanics and thus lead to a more pain-free cycling experience!
What it takes to become a CHT
To become a certified hand therapist (CHT), you must be certified by the Hand Therapy Certification Commission (HTCC). This is a rigorous process in which a licensed physical or occupational therapist must have 3 years of PT or OT experience (modified from 5 years), have 4,000 or greater hours of direct hand/upper extremity practice, and successfully passed a comprehensive test of advanced clinical skills and theory in upper quarter rehabilitation. Because of changes in the profession, every CHT is required to demonstrate continued professional development and competency by recertifying every five years. There are 6,235 CHTs in the United States, and 85% are practicing OTs, with 14% being PTs (statistics from HTCC.org).
Why to chose Trisha for your upper extremity injury
Trisha received her CHT certification in May of 2012. Her experience has been in conservative, post-operative, and traumatic upper extremity injuries, working at a level 1 trauma center for 5 years, and various outpatient and physician-owned clinics, working closely with hand / upper extremity surgeons. With this extensive experience, Trisha has the depth and breadth of knowledge you will want of your therapist treating your arm injury. Trisha has the ability to make custom, thermoplastic splints for protecting joints to enable you to continue to live your best life without being bogged down with what could be a debilitating injury.