Hand Therapy

For patients facing any number of hand issues, including hand surgery and recovery, our certified hand therapists offer expert and specialized care.

More than a dozen certified hand therapists and a dedicated staff support the needs of our patients.

Being Certified Hand Therapists means our team has undergone extensive training and testing to understand a wide array of traumatic and other conditions specific to the hand and upper extremity. The Hand Therapy program at U of M is the first in the nation accredited by the American Occupational Therapy Association to train new therapists through a residency program. Our Hand Therapy providers are dedicated to offering the most informed and effective care for our patients.

Patients may see the therapists before and after surgery, and some patients may not need hand surgery. The hand surgeons work closely with this therapy team, including visits to the Hand Therapy clinic when necessary.  The entire group works together to reach the best long-term outcomes and hand function for patients, helping them return to normal daily life.

If needed, the therapy team is able to help measure and order compression garments for patients. If the patient has traveled to be cared for by our hand surgeons, the therapy team can recommend qualified therapists closer to the patient’s home for follow up care.

Some conditions treated by our Hand Therapy clinic include:

  • Tendon repair
  • Nerve repair
  • Joint arthroplasty (surgical joint replacement)
  • Fractures
  • Arthritis
  • Repetitive strain disorder
  • Complex regional pain syndrome
  • Burns
  • Dupuytren’s contracture
  • Amputation
  • Tenosynovitis (inflammation of the sheath area that surrounds tendons)

Most patients will need a referral from their doctor to see a hand therapist. Call the Hand Therapy clinic at (734) 998-5637 for more information and to schedule an appointment.