When you’re experiencing pain or discomfort in your upper extremities, it’s important to act quickly. At Hand Therapy of Michigan, we strive to get all patients scheduled within two business days. Treating a wide range of conditions, our team will act rapidly to assess your situation, understand your needs, and customize a treatment plan that addresses your needs and, more importantly, falls within the range of your comfort and capability.

As pain is the most common condition that we treat, we strive to offer treatments that minimize pain while tackling the underlying issues that are contributing to our patients’ conditions. Whether you’ve suffered a sports or work-related injury, have recently undergone surgery, or have simply developed pain due to your daily routine, you can rest assured that our team is here to help.

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Conditions we treat

If you’re experiencing pain in your hand, arm, or shoulder and that discomfort is impacting your quality of life, the team at Hand Therapy of Michigan is here to help. With years of experience and a team of highly trained professionals, we can work with you to treat a wide range of conditions and, above all else, return you to the activities and interests that you love.

Pain

Pain can limit every aspect of your life. Taking a rehab approach that respects pain instead of pushing you through uncomfortable exercises and activities, our team works hard to eliminate your pain.

Stiffness

When joints fail to bend or straighten, simple tasks can become challenging or even impossible to do. We will respect pain while using a variety of interventions to improve your joint motion and overall function.

Therapy after surgery to the hand, wrist, arm, or shoulder

From fingertip injuries to shoulder reconstruction and everything in between, we are experts in the post-operative management of all surgeries to the upper extremity. Ask your doctor to schedule your therapy with us after your surgery and get the professional care you need and deserve.

Numbness and tingling

Numbness and tingling is typically a sign of a nerve compression or injury. When you can’t feel what your hand and fingers are doing, your function is compromised. We will address the underlying cause of these issues, re-educate your hand’s ability to touch and feel, and work to restore your function.

Weakness

Many conditions in the hand, arm, and shoulder can lead to weakness. As your condition improves, we will implement a guided and targeted exercise and strengthening program to restore your function and get you back to doing the things you need to do.

Swelling

Swelling in your hand and arm can occur for many reasons and may lead to other problems, including joint stiffness and nerve compressions. The longer it goes unchecked, the greater the chance for long-term issues that are difficult to reverse. We will address your swelling with a variety of techniques to ensure your hand and arm function improve quickly.

Arthritis

Whether it causes pain, stiffness, weakness, or all of the above, arthritis can limit your function in numerous ways. You don’t have to just “live with it.” We can help reduce your pain, improve your mobility, and stabilize arthritic joints to prevent further damage.

Tendonitis

An active lifestyle or repetitive motions can cause soft tissue to break down and become inflamed. We will work to reduce your pain, stretch tightened muscles and tendons to restore mobility, and gradually build your strength back up to return you to the activities you need and want to do.

Carpal tunnel syndrome

One of the most common nerve related conditions we see in the upper extremity, carpal tunnel syndrome can start as mild tingling in your fingers and progress towards debilitating pain and numbness in the hand and wrist. We work to correct the problem and prevent it from becoming a severe issue that requires surgery.

Nerve issues

Nerves can become irritated in many areas of the hand, wrist, arm, and shoulder. Based on your diagnosis and your symptoms, we will help decrease pressure on irritated nerves and correct issues with your posture that may be contributing to your problems.

Trigger finger

Another common condition in the hand that can be painful and functionally limiting, trigger finger (or trigger thumb) can often be managed with therapy. Try therapy to avoid surgery or come to therapy after surgery if you are having stiffness, scar pain, weakness, or swelling.

Fractures, sprains, and soft tissue injuries

Our expertise in custom splinting allows us to manage your injury in the early stages of healing. We will then guide you through a rehab process that is specifically tailored to meet your needs, all while working towards goals that are important to you.

Scar tissue

Excessive or stubborn scar tissue after an injury or surgery can cause joint stiffness, pain, and be sensitive to touch. We use techniques to mobilize your scar tissue and reduce sensitivity, which helps to restore the function in your upper extremity.

Amputations and limb difference

The partial or total loss of a limb can be an immense challenge to recover from. Our therapists are experienced with helping manage amputations by providing the appropriate post-operative management and functional training needed to get you back where you want to be. We also work closely with prosthetists in the area for training and functional use of both body-powered and myoelectric prostheses.

CRPS (or RSD)

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (formerly known as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy) can cause a variety of issues including pain, swelling, and joint stiffness. We understand the complexity of the issue and use evidence-based techniques to manage your condition and restore the function in your upper extremity.

Thoracic outlet syndrome

Thoracic outlet syndrome can often impair your ability to use your hand or arm in the ways you would like due to pain, weakness, and numbness or tingling throughout your shoulder, arm, and hand. We use techniques to reduce or eliminate the nerve irritation that is causing these symptoms and teach you strategies to keep the condition at bay, all while restoring strength and function.

Brachial plexus injuries

An injury to the brachial plexus can cause multiple problems with upper extremity function, ranging from mild pain, numbness, and weakness to severe pain with a complete loss of movement throughout your arm. Our therapists will work to identify scope of the injury while working to prevent joint stiffness, decrease pain, and gradually improve the functional use of your arm.

Sports injuries (youth and adult)

Hand and arm injuries can leave you on the sideline and can cause long-term issues when they are ignored or go untreated. Whether you’re a regular on the pickleball court, golf course, or baseball diamond, we understand how to manage and improve your condition to get you back to the active lifestyle you want to live.

Burns

Managing a burn to your hand or arm is more than just treating your wounds and waiting for them to heal. We will provide the necessary splinting and scar management to minimize the debilitating effects that burns can have on your hand, wrist, elbow, and shoulder. Do you have a healed burn that is causing joint stiffness, pain, and hypersensitivity? We can work to improve the flexibility and strength in your joints while reducing pain.