Occupational Therapists can help achieve independence in daily activities
Occupational Therapists enable individuals of all ages with physical and functional challenges to achieve as much independence as possible in their daily activities.
We assist patients through the use of goal-oriented activities to evaluate and treat the daily living skills needed to fully function in their home, work and community. Occupational Therapy can be appropriate for various diagnoses, including brain injury, stroke, arthritis, amputations and work-related injuries.
Occupational Therapists also offer treatment for hand and upper extremity conditions, such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, tendonitis, fractures, strains/sprains and arthritic pain. Our specialized staff is trained in providing customized orthotics and implementing proven techniques and technology to reduce pain and improve function. Occupational Therapists can also provide skilled recommendations on equipment needs and home modifications, and assists patients in developing strategies to compensate for permanent loss of function.
Hand therapy is a specialized treatment that addresses injuries and conditions of the hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder. Hand therapists are uniquely trained to treat upper extremity conditions through advanced study. Our Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) works closely with physicians and clients to provide a continuum of care.
Often a patient's occupational therapy plan of care includes the use of orthotics for the upper extremity or hand to help perform activities of daily living, or as a preparatory tool to enable a patient to regain functional abilities and range of motion.
An orthosis is an orthopedic device that supports or corrects the function of a limb or body part. An orthosis or "splint" can be used to:
- Control, guide, limit and/or immobilize an extremity, joint or body segment for a particular reason
- To restrict movement in a given direction
- To assist movement generally
- To reduce weight bearing forces for a particular purpose
- To aid rehabilitation from fractures after the removal of a cast
- To otherwise correct the shape and/or function of the body part, to provide easier movement capability or reduce pain
Orthoses can be static (not allowing motion) for support of fractures, conditions of tendons and soft tissue, as well as nerve injuries, or dynamic (permitting motion) to assist with movement of weak musculature.
Lymphedema is an abnormal accumulation of fluid in an arm or leg that can occur after the removal or blockage of lymph nodes. Lymphedema can be uncomfortable or even painful, leading to difficulties with daily activities. A therapist that is certified in the LeDuc method will complete an evaluation and establish an individualized treatment plan of symptom control and self-management that best meets the patient's needs and goals.
This treatment is usually covered by health insurance plans. As with any treatment, we recommend that patients call their insurance company for details regarding specific coverage.