Sometimes even normal, everyday activities can be difficult if they are painful, or if you are recovering from an injury or if you have a particular disability. Our occupational therapy staff members work with people of all ages to develop solutions for self care, work and play activities that increase independence and help prevent disability. The adaptation of a task or a change in the environment can help make everyday life a little easier.
People of all ages and conditions can benefit from occupational therapy, including:
- People with work related injuries
- People who have had a stroke or heart attack
- People with arthritis, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s or other chronic, progressive diseases
- Infants and children with birth injuries, learning disabilities or developmental disabilities
- People with burns, spinal cord injuries, head injuries or amputations
- People with broken bones or other injuries from sports, falls or accidents
- People with lymphedema
Therapy visits focus on education and safety awareness in the home/work environment. Therapy plans combine both the development and implementation of a customized home exercise program.
These are some of the services our occupational therapy staff members provide our patients:
- Recommendations and training in the use of adaptive equipment to replace lost function.
- Post-operative treatments for hand, elbow, carpal tunnel and ulnar nerve surgeries.
- Instructions to caregivers in safe and effective methods of caring for individuals.
- Assistance and training in daily activities, such as eating, gardening, and self-care like bathing and dressing.
- Evaluation of daily living needs and assessment of home, school, work and other environments.
- Recommendations for modification that will allow a person to continue/resume with his or her regular activities.
- Cognitive assessment and retraining to promote safest level of function.
- Exercises and approaches to promote good posture and joint motion as well as over all improvement in strength and flexibility.
- Strategies to address play and behavioral issues in children related to sensory processing, learning disabilities, or other conditions that keep from participation as well as they are able.
In addition to our main campus in Staples, outpatient occupational therapy services are also available at the Browerville clinic.