Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy helps restore your lost function, allowing you to become as self-sufficient as possible in the activities of daily life, such as feeding, dressing, handwriting, grooming, homemaking, work, and child care. 

Occupational therapy includes: 

  • Performance skills assessments
  • Customized treatment program
  • Education of proper body mechanics
  • Balance retraining
  • Cognitive retraining
  • Coordination training
  • Energy conservation/work simplification activities
  • Education about alternate ways to perform activities
  • Splinting
  • Strengthening
  • Coping and stress management skills
  • Instruction on use of assistive devices
  • Guidance to family members and caregivers, 
  • Comprehensive home and job site evaluation 

Occupational therapy can be used to help a number of conditions:

  • Arthritis
  • Joint injuries
  • Neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, and post-stroke rehabilitation
  • Pain of the muscles or joints
  • Repetitive injuries such as tennis elbow and carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Tremors

When you come in for occupational therapy, you receive a thorough exam by one of our licensed occupational therapists. The exam includes a review of your medical condition, functional abilities, and prior level of function. The evaluation may also assess: 

  • Strength
  • Range of motion
  • Endurance
  • Coordination
  • Balance
  • Mobility
  • Safety awareness

After your evaluation, you will receive a treatment plan based on your assessment and personal goals. Your treatment may include: 

  • Participating in self-care and improving performance of everyday tasks such as bathing, cooking, self-feeding, dressing, driving, and using a computer. 
  • Compensating for vision and memory loss by adapting your surroundings for increased safety and functionality. 
  • Regaining manual dexterity by writing and manipulating small objects. 
  • Learning to use adaptive equipment to simplify your work, conserve your energy, and make everyday activities easier. 
  • Simulating the home and/or community environment to learn how to complete tasks safely and identify concerns. 

To schedule an appointment with an occupational therapist, talk to your healthcare provider or call 712-336-8651