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Occupational Therapy

Skills for Job of Living

Goals of occupational therapy include improving or restoring your ability to care for yourself and/or successfully returning to your life of independence, at work and home. This cost-effective therapy uses occupation or productive activities, along with other techniques, to restore function caused by injury, disease and aging.

Our occupational therapists and occupational therapist assistants work in inpatient, outpatient and home health settings.

Intervention for amputations:

  • Wound care during the healing process
  • Decrease sensitivity and pain
  • Regain range of motion and strength
  • Help determine needs for adaptive equipment to maximize your independence

Intervention for arthritis:

  • Modalities for pain control (ultrasound, using home paraffin, etc.)
  • Joint protection and energy conservation
  • Splinting for joint protection
  • Education on adaptive equipment/techniques to assist with daily activity performance

Intervention for generalized weakness:

  • Cardiovascular strengthening
  • Strengthening specific to your weakest areas
  • Education on work/task simplification to assist with ease of completion

Intervention for burns:

  • Wound care for healing and scar management
  • Range of motion and strengthening exercise introduction to minimize loss of function
  • Splinting to reduce contractures and protect healing skin

Intervention for carpal tunnel/nerve compression syndromes:

  • Modalities to decrease pain and inflammation (ultrasound, electrical stimulation, iontophoresis, etc.)
  • Splinting to decrease stress on the nerve and manage symptoms
  • Exercise instruction to restore range of motion and strength
  • Education to avoid recurrence of symptoms

Intervention for crush injuries:

  • Wound care provision
  • Splinting for proper positioning to promote healing and provide protection
  • Use of modalities to reduce pain and improve motion (electrical stimulation, fluidotherapy, etc.)
  • Instruction in range of motion and strength exercises to restore function
  • Education on adaptive equipment to restore independence

Intervention for fractures and dislocations:

  • Splinting or casting to protect the fracture and enable healing
  • Pain management using various modalities (electrical stimulation, fluidotherapy, paraffin, etc.)
  • Range of motion and strengthening introduction when appropriate to restore functioning after healing

Intervention for stroke recovery:

  • Retraining in cognition, daily tasks and self-cares (dressing, cooking, work tasks)
  • Splinting to avoid excessive tightness in a hand/elbow/shoulder that might be impacted by the stroke
  • Fine motor and coordination retraining to restore grip, pinch and writing skills
  • Strength and range of motion exercise introduction to restore your ability to plan movements and maximize function

Intervention following tendon and ligament injuries:

  • Individualized diagnosis education relating to presenting condition.
  • Diagnosis specific plan of care outline related to presenting condition. Example:
    • Repetitive motion injuries
    • Tendon repair / transfer
    • ligament reconstruction
    • Reconstruction for ligament trauma
  • Custom splinting to protect repairs and promote
  • Use of modalities to control pain and inflammation (ultrasound, electrical stimulation, tool-assisted soft tissue mobilization, iontophoresis, etc.)
  • Range-of-motion and strengthening exercise introduction as appropriate to assist with return to previous function

Intervention for trigger finger:

  • Use of modalities to control inflammation and digit “locking” (ultrasound, iontophoresis, tool-assisted soft tissue mobilization, manual techniques)
  • Custom splinting to control inflammation to minimize digit “locking”
  • Range of motion and strengthen introduction as symptoms allow

Intervention for lymphedema:

  • Education on multi-layer bandage use to control swelling
  • Manual lymphatic drainage (massage) education
  • Assist in compression garment use appropriateness
  • Vaso-pneumatic pump use to manage lymphedema
  • Education on precautions related to lymphedema

Interventions for work-related conditions:

  • Work conditioning/work hardening program development
  • Functional capacity evaluation completion
  • Job analysis
  • Work station ergonomic assessment
  • Direct communication with employers to reduce work place injuries

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Services and Treatments

Occupational Therapy Conditions

  • Amputations
  • Arthritis
  • Generalized weakness
  • Burns
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Crush injuries
  • Fractures and dislocations
  • Nerve compression syndromes
  • Problems caused by stroke
  • Tendon and ligament injuries
  • Trigger finger


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