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Hand Therapy

The Hand Therapy Program at Mary Free Bed provides care for patients who have an injury to their upper extremities. Our therapists help restore upper extremity function after a work-related, automobile-related, or a traumatic injury. We also help prevent further deterioration caused by arthritis and soft tissue disorders.

Services Summarized

  • Assessment/evaluation of the upper extremity
  • Development of a goal-oriented care plan
  • Fabrication of custom splints (pre- and post-surgery)
  • Treatment using physical agent modalities: heat, fluidotherapy, ultra sound, electric stimulation, manual therapy, therapeutic exercises, therapeutic activities, joint protection, and activity modification during activities of daily living.

Who Uses These Services

Children and adults of all ages who have hand, wrist, and elbow injuries, and are unable to use one or both upper extremities, and who need to restore function

Services Explained

We provide therapy services based on a physician referral.

Patient Assessment
Each patient is provided with an evaluation of upper extremity function depending on the complexity of the diagnosis.

Mary Free Bed's rehabilitation experts use a variety of treatment options. Custom splinting, fabricated by the therapist, is very effective. We also use manual therapy to assist with loss of function, and range of motion. We may use several physical agent modalities, such as the application of hot and cold, electrical stimulation for muscle and pain control, ultra sound for deep heat, scar and edema management, therapeutic exercises, and therapeutic activities. We provide patients with education, including a home exercise program, and a home splinting program.

Team Approach
Our hand therapy team is comprised of occupational therapists, including two who are certified hand therapists. We strongly believe in working together to provide the best care. Therapists communicate with each other and with referring physicians to ensure proper treatment and to achieve maximum rehabilitation of the upper extremities.

Duration and frequency of treatment is decided at your initial assessment, and your care plan is often determined by your doctor.

Meet the Doctors


Marilee J. Mead, MD, Medical Director

East Beltline Clinic

Dr. Mead has practiced medicine for more than 19 years. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School and completed residencies in hand surgery, general surgery, and plastic/reconstructive surgery. She is trained in cosmetic surgery and is certified by the American Board of Surgery and American Board of Plastic Surgery. Dr. Mead opened Grand Rapids Hand after a successful career at the Plastic Surgery Centre of West Michigan. She focuses on conditions that affect structure and function of the fingers, hand, and wrist. She also treats repetitive motion conditions, traumatic injuries, and other complex hand problems. 


Contact the Hand Therapy Program at Mary Free Bed's East Beltline Clinic

1787 Grand Ridge Court
Suite 204
Grand Rapids, MI 49525 | Map




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