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What is

HAND Therapy?

Hand therapy is specialized therapy that helps a patient regain maximum use of his or her hand after injury, surgery, or the onset of disease.  Hand therapists are trained and/or certified in skills above and beyond their discipline of Occupational or Physical Therapy.

Certified Hand Therapists (CHT) such as the ones here at Arora Hand Surgery work closely with the hand surgeon to guide patients through the rehabilitation process using their expertise to administer appropriate modalities, exercise and custom splints.

Hand therapy fast facts:

  • Therapists can fabricate custom splints to promote healing or reduce pain associated with arthritis or tendonitis
  • Therapy can assist with nerve injury diagnoses via education and/ or techniques to desensitize or protect a healing nerve
  • Therapy will empower the patient to manage their condition at home through education of anatomy, pathology (injury), and appropriate exercises
  • Therapy can and will optimize a patient’s overall function to prepare them for return to their highest level of function

Why Visit a


Hand therapists are specially trained to help patients achieve functional results to allow them to return to their normal day-to-day activities. Often times, therapy can replace the need for surgery if it is performed by an experienced and certified hand therapist (CHT). Hand therapists are extremely knowledgeable about upper extremity anatomy, pathology, and treatment interventions. The therapist can reduce the stress often associated with surgery by educating the patient every step of the way.

Here at Arora Hand Surgery, we see therapists as a vital part of the hand surgery team. Working together, the doctor and therapist both use science-based treatments to bring you the desired outcome: a better quality of life.

Hand Therapy at


When you see a hand therapist at Arora Hand Surgery, you can rest assured that you will be seeing a professional who specializes in the upper extremity. You’re in good hands! They will not be general therapists who may have to obtain information from outside sources, but instead, are experienced and knowledgeable professionals who understand the intricate anatomy of the hand and upper extremity. We take a patient-centered and hands-on approach, which means your health is, and will always be, our number one priority.

Learn more about hand therapists by visiting the American Society of Hand Therapists at www.asht.org. You can even search for therapists in your area by looking up your city and state if you happen to not be in our southeast Michigan area. This will tell you more information and get you on the right track to choosing the best therapist for your needs.

What You Should


After Dr. Arora recommends you to one of our in-house therapists, they will work together to evaluate your needs and create a treatment plan to help you recover.

The therapist will collaborate with the doctor to progress treatment according to the diagnosis. Our patients always feel that therapy is beneficial and makes the process comfortable and purposeful for their specific needs. Your exercises can include stretches, range of motion exercises, strengthening, coordination and most importantly education. If a splint is indicated, you will be fitted with a custom splint in therapy.

Your Arora Hand Surgery


  • Lodia Occupational Certified Hand Therapist (OT-CHT)
    Lodia Occupational Certified Hand Therapist (OT-CHT) Hired in 2020, Lodia is one of the newest additions to our team. Her favorite pastime is cooking for family and friends. She also loves to play tennis and tries to keep up with her three sons on the ski hill.
  • Michelle Schneider Hand Therapist
    Michelle Schneider Hand Therapist With 21 years of experience under her belt, Certified Hand Therapist Michelle brings seasoned expertise and care to our practice. She has a passion for helping people through hand therapy so that she can see them reach their optimal function again. In her spare time, she loves warm weather outdoor activities such as biking, gardening, kayaking, and walking her dog.
  • Kay Hand Therapist
    Kay Hand Therapist Kay loves working with patients on a personal level and developing the rapport needed for the perfect injury outcome. She finds her job truly rewarding and cherishes the lifelong bonds she develops with the people she helps.



We want to assist you in every way that we can. Below you will find industry resource links and printable hand surgery therapy exercises.

These exercises are the ones most often used by Dr. Arora. They have been carefully selected for their effectiveness. Please contact us to learn which exercises are most suitable for your specific condition. We look forward to hearing from you.

Hand Therapy Certification Commission

American Society of Hand Therapists

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Dr. Aroras office from my first call to schedule my appointment was friendly. Walking in the first day, I felt like I was in a nice atmosphere. Dr. Arora was EXCELLENT in taking great care of my hand injury. He was gentle and very understanding to the concerns I had about my hand. His expertise was admirable and I would recommend anyone with an injury to their hand to his office to be under his care. Because of him, I have healed faster than expected and will make an 100% recovery! Thank you Dr.

Jackie S.

I first thought I was going to have to have painful injections or surgery, but Dr. Arora suggested physical therapy may do the trick. I was doubtful, but I agreed to do it. Now, my pain is gone, and with the help of an ergonomic keyboard at work to keep my hands in the correct position, I am virtually pain free. The therapy strengthened my wrists and shoulders, and built more flexibility into my wrists.

Jerry T.

My experience with this doctor was positive from the outset. Dr. Arora was kind and spent a great deal of time with me. Staff was friendly. The office was nice and bright.

Ariel G.

Very friendly and helpful Great staff!!! Doctor Arora was very professional and did great work. I was very happy with everything!

L B.