What is Hand Therapy?

A common misconception of hand therapy is that treatment only works on the hands. On the contrary, hand therapy allows a certified hand therapist to provide care for the shoulders, arms, elbows, forearms, wrists, or hands. These specialists can treat post-operate conditions or chronic injuries such as tennis elbow or arthritis. MSA’s Hand Center is a certified therapy center in West Michigan. Our experience and unique practices make us qualified and capable to repair your arms to their full range of motion.

Who Needs Hand Therapy?

Typically, most patients utilize hand therapy to recover after surgery. However, hand therapy is beneficial to a variety of patients of all age groups. Anyone who notices chronic hand or arm pain can benefit from occupational therapy. The number of fine joints and muscles in our hands and arms can make certain injuries common. Patients who experience a number of conditions may qualify for hand therapy:

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Arthritis
  • Tendon injuries
  • Hand fractures
  • Nerve Injuries
  • Sports injuries

Our Method

When you come to MSA for hand therapy, you are not only working with certified occupational therapists or a board certified hand surgeon. You work with both. Your hand surgeon works in conjunction with your therapist to ensure quality level treatment.


We offer access to board-certified providers, meaning they have trained under professional hand therapists and have taken the necessary exams to become certified themselves. In 2019, the Hand Therapy Center treated nearly 3,700 cases.


For best results, a combination of both occupational therapy and medical treatments are used at our Hand Therapy Center. Medical treatments include ultrasound, laser treatments, or electronic stimulation. These tools help relax muscles and joints, break up scar tissue, and reduce swelling. Then, your certified hand therapist can walk you through a variety of strengthening exercises to practice both at the center and at home. These therapeutic activities aid neuromuscular re-education, or the process of teaching your body to move without pain.

The MSA Hand Center is now open for in-house visits and consultations. To schedule an appointment, contact our office at 231-739-1933. To learn more about our Hand Center, view more information on our website. Through expert-level treatment, we make sure you are in good hands.


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