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Hand Therapy at Mary Free BedGrasping a pen, buttoning a shirt and preparing a meal are among everyday tasks we take for granted until an injury or illness prevents normal use of our hands. The hand therapy team at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital helps patients of all ages experiencing functional limitations in an upper extremity, from shoulders to fingers. Treatment may be appropriate if you’ve sustained an injury to bones, ligaments, tendons, muscles, nerves, arteries, veins or skin of an upper extremity.

Injuries can occur during an accident at work, at home, in the community or in a car. Injuries sometimes occur from overuse. Whatever the reason or condition, the experts in Mary Free Bed’s Hand Therapy Program are here to ease your symptoms and improve your upper extremity function. Our goal is to return you to normal activities of daily living.

Comprehensive Hand Therapy Services

The Mary Free Bed team includes occupational therapists certified in hand therapy and experienced occupational therapy assistants. Our team communicates closely with the patient, each other and the referring physician to ensure best practices, individualized care and maximum gains. A physician referral is necessary to receive our hand therapy services.

An individualized, goal-oriented treatment plan is developed to restore function and independence for each patient. This plan incorporates a variety of treatment methods to address various concerns, including pain, impaired function, decreased range of motion, weakness, scarring, edema, wounds, hypersensitivity, decreased sensation/neuropathy and muscle spasms.

Your hand therapy team may recommend and implement a variety of treatment options, including:

What we treat:
We pursue a positive outcome for our patients, whether they suffer from common hand issues or have experienced a traumatic injury. Patients may benefit from rehabilitation offered through the Hand Therapy program with diagnoses of, among others:

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cubital Tunnel
  • De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis
  • Trigger Finger/Thumb
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Mallet Finger
  • Fractures

How we treat it:
Our treatment plans include patient education, exercises, modalities and, if indicated, custom orthosis fabrication.

An individualized, goal-oriented treatment plan is developed to restore function and independence for each patient. This plan incorporates a variety of treatment methods to address various concerns, including pain, impaired function, decreased range of motion, weakness, scarring, edema, wounds, hypersensitivity, decreased sensation/neuropathy and muscle spasms.

Your hand therapy team may recommend and implement a variety of treatment options, including:

  • Custom orthosis fabrication
  • Manual therapy
  • Exercises and activities
  • Activity modification
  • Joint protection
  • Mobilization
  • Body mechanics
  • Ergonomics
  • Adaptive equipment
  • Electrical stimulation
  • Hot and cold thermal therapies
  • Ultrasound
  • Wound care
  • Fluidotherapy
  • Scar management
  • Patient education

Specialized Programs and Services

Mary Free Bed offers a wide variety of specialized services designed to make rehabilitation quicker, smoother and more effective. In certain situations, the following services also may be recommended or utilized in connection with hand therapy:

  • Assistive Technology
  • Biofeedback
  • Custom Orthotics and Prosthetics
  • Driver Rehabilitation
  • Home, school and work-site evaluations
  • Return to Work Program

Mary Free Bed Outpatient Therapy Staff

The Outpatient Rehabilitation Center has more than 30 pediatric therapists and 30 adult therapists. These professionals offer a variety of therapies, including physical, occupational and speech/language, as well as other services such as social work, therapeutic recreation and neuropsychology.

SCHEDULING & QUESTIONS

For more information, please call:

616.840.8005 – phone
616.840.9642 – fax

Locations

Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital
Outpatient Rehabilitation Center
235 Wealthy St. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

East Paris Hand and Occupational Therapy Clinic
1000 East Paris Ave. SE, Suite 115A
Grand Rapids, MI 49546

Metro Health Hospital
5900 Byron Center Ave. SW
Wyoming, MI 49519