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DMC Hand Therapy Services

At the Detroit Medical Center we understand how important your hands are to perform every day activities. Our orthopedic surgeons and occupational therapists have advanced training in treating hand and arm conditions, and will help you return to an active and productive lifestyle. We specialize in treating:

  • Surgical/Non-Surgical Rehab
  • Nerve Damage
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Arm & Hand Fractures
  • Arthritis
    • Tendonitis
    • Overuse Injuries
    • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (RSD)
    • Amputation/Crush Injuries

    To schedule a physician or hand therapy appointment call 248-305-7575

    Physician Services



    Brian Najarian, MD
    Orthopedic Surgeon

    Dr. Najarian offers comprehensive care for all surgical and non-surgical conditions of the hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder in children and adults, including: fractures, arthritis, joint reconstruction, carpal tunnel syndrome, microsurgery, hand/wrist/elbow trauma, ligament/tendon injuries, sports injuries, rhematologic conditions, congenital deformities, and neurologic disorders.

    Dr. Najarian completed his orthopedic residency training at the Cleveland Clinic, and did a fellowship in hand, wrist and elbow surgery in Boston, MA at Tufts University. Dr. Najarian is dedicated to hand surgery education and is actively involved in the training of future orthopedic surgeons. He has published research in peer-reviewed orthopedic journals and has also been a guest lecturer at state and regional meetings.

    Therapy Services

    DMC Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan’s outpatient centers are staffed by occupational therapists with advanced training, experience and certification in hand therapy.

    Our hand therapists work closely with the physician and patient to provide a continuum of care. This often starts within a few days after injury or surgery right through to the patient's return to work and/or a productive lifestyle.

    Hand therapy services are available at the following
    DMC Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan locations:

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    DMC Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan

    261 Mack

    Detroit, MI 48201

    DMC Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan Novi Center

    42005 W. 12 Mile

    Novi, MI 48377

    DMC Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan Milford Center
    Carls Family YMCA
    300 Family Dr.
    Milford, MI 48381

    DMC Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan at

    Commerce Medical Center

    Edgewater Medical Building

    9640 Commerce Rd., Suite 202
    Commerce Twp, MI 48382

    DMC Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan

    at Crown Pointe

    25900 Greenfield Rd., Suite 110
    Oak Park, MI 48237

    DMC Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan
    Northwest Detroit Center
    17330 Schaefer
    Detroit, MI 48235



    DMC Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan puts world back at patient’s finger tips

     Kathleen Lowry

    “I first thought my injury was no big deal. A few stitches and I’d be on my way. Wow, was I wrong.  It’s amazing how something seemingly so small has made such a big impact on my life.”

    It was Nov. 30, 2013 and Kathleen Lowry was making a smoothie in what she calls her “ninja blade blender.  As she was pouring it into a cup, the blade came tumbling out.  Instead of letting it fall to the floor, she tried to catch it, slicing the tip of her right index finger.

    As a nurse anesthetist at the Sinai-Grace Berry Surgery Center, she is familiar enough with medical situations to know this cut needed more than a band aid.  She headed to a nearby ER where a medical student said she was lucky that she didn’t cut her tendon, stitched her up and sent her home.

    At first she thought she was healing well, but still unable to bend the tip of her finger a week and a half later, she knew the accident was much more serious.  She went to see a hand surgeon who said her tendon had been severed and it had probably retracted into her palm. Surgery was a must. Her doctor wasn’t available but her coworkers recommended DMC hand surgeon Dr. Brian Najarian.

    “When I called Dr. Najarian’s office, they got me in immediately.  Dr. Najarian and his whole staff were so reassuring and really put me at ease.  He was also very thorough in explaining everything.”

    Two weeks after her accident, Kathleen had surgery.  Dr. Najarian was able to fish the tendon out of her palm and reattach it.  He gave her a 50/50 chance that her fingertip nerves would regenerate and he was optimistic that she would regain functional use of her finger.  He sent her to DMC Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan to give her finger every chance for a positive recovery.

    “I’ve been going to DMC Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan’s Novi Center two times a week since my surgery.  They are just terrific there.  They’re knowledgeable and offer the most advanced treatments. But what I’m most impressed about is they’re taking care of me emotionally too.”

    Kathleen says this small injury has left her depressed and frustrated.  While her friends and family are telling her to enjoy the time off work, she can’t.  The injury happened on her dominate hand and she can’t pinch or grasp. That means extra effort to write, use a keyboard, eat, dress and just in general taking care of her daily needs.

    “Holy cow, this has been difficult.  I’m so thankful DMC Rehabilitation Institute is there to help me through it.  From the tip of my finger to my toes, they’re worried about the whole me.  I look forward to going back to work and getting back to life, thanks to Dr. Najarian and DMC Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan.”


























































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