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Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapists address challenges you may have with activities that you do everyday, like bathing, brushing your teeth, eating meals and dressing. The goal of occupational therapy is to enable an individual to carry out their activities of daily living, which includes those performed at work, home, school and the community, as independently as possible.

Occupational therapists complete a thorough evaluation, including such things as your physical function, mobility, daily living skills, cognition and visual perception. If appropriate and with your input, they then develop an individualized treatment plan to restore your maximum functional ability.

Occupational therapy will also look at the social, psychological and environmental factors that may affect your life. They may determine your need for adaptive equipment, and teach you and your family on the proper use of that equipment and how to safely get around during your daily activities.

Conditions and Disorders Treated

Occupational therapy can help treat a wide range of musculoskeletal and neurological disorders, including the following:

  • Stroke and other neurological conditions
  • Orthopedic or sports-related injuries
  • Arthritis or other degenerative disease
  • Head or spinal cord injury
  • Burns
  • Amputation
  • Hand trauma
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Cancer or other debilitating illness
  • Diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis, Guillian-Barre or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
  • Developmental disabilities
  • Work-related injuries

Techniques, Approaches and Equipment

Occupational therapy utilizes a wide range of techniques, approaches and equipment to customize your treatment program. Occupational therapy may include:

  • Activities of daily living evaluation and treatment
  • Upper extremity evaluation and treatment
  • Hand rehabilitation
  • Splint fabrication
  • Functional capacity evaluations
  • Adaptive equipment evaluation
  • Perceptual and cognitive rehabilitation
  • Wheelchair evaluation and training
  • Functional mobility evaluation and treatment
  • Driver evaluation and training for the disabled
  • Home environment evaluations
  • Ergonomics/worksite evaluations
  • Pediatric/development delay evaluations and treatment
  • Balance/vestibular evaluations
  • Myofascial release therapy

What is occupational therapy prescribed for?

  • Improving range of motion, strength and endurance, balance or coordination
  • Increasing independence in activities of daily living such as dressing, eating, grooming, bathing and cooking
  • Improving mobility skills such as wheelchair mobility, transfers to and from bed, bathtub, car or toilet, and walking
  • Improving perceptual and/or cognitive skills such as problem-solving, sequencing and memory recall, and teaching appropriate compensation techniques
  • Assessing, recommending and providing adaptive devices/equipment to improve functioning and independence
  • Evaluation for custom-made orthotic devices (splints)
  • Educating family members in daily living skills techniques, functional mobility and other home or community activities
  • Assessing the home and work environment for architectural or environmental barriers

Our Team

Our team consists of several licensed occupational therapists with many years of experience. The team includes a certified hand therapist (CHT) as well as therapists with advanced training in vestibular rehabilitation, pediatrics, myofascial release therapy, wheelchair evaluation and positioning, driving evaluations, func­tional capacity evaluations and rehabilitation care.