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Occupational Therapy Services

The Occupational Therapy section of the Department of Rehabilitation provides assessment and treatment to person's whose daily function has been impaired by physical or mental illness.

Service is provided by licensed Occupational Therapists and licensed Occupational Therapy Assistants to both inpatients and outpatients.

Inpatient occupational therapy services

Inpatient therapists routinely provide evaluations and treatment to patients in the following areas: cardiology, critical care units, medical/surgery, neurology, oncology, orthopedics, pediatrics and vascular service.

Evaluation and treatment focus on specified functional activities such as bathing, dressing, writing, holding eating utensils, and compensation techniques for visual and perceptual deficits. Adaptive equipment provided by the occupational therapist will frequently enable patients to increase their independence performing daily tasks. By participating in self-care and purposeful activities while in the hospital, the goal for the patients is to increase functional skills, enhance endurance, and prevent disability.

Outpatient occupational therapy services

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Occupational therapists in the outpatient division of the rehabilitation medicine department provide adult and pediatric care for individuals with upper extremity trauma, overuse syndromes, neurological trauma, neuromuscular diseases, and work injuries. The therapists provide evaluations using standardized and non-standardized testing. The therapist and patient work on attaining goals, through exercise, activity, use of modalities, hands on interventions, and adaptive equipment, to enable the patient to maximize their function in self care, work, and leisure activities. In addition to providing outpatient service in the department, the following clinics and programs are staffed by an occupational therapist:

  • Orthopedics: Occupational therapists work together with the orthopedic surgeons to provide evaluation, splinting, and follow-up care for patients with upper extremity musculoskeletal injuries.
  • Plastics: Occupational therapists work together with plastic surgeons to provide evaluation, splinting, and follow-up care for patients with upper extremity soft tissue injuries.
  • Occupational Medicine: Occupational therapists are available to provide a scheduled work readiness assessment, which is an objective evaluation of the injured worker's ability to maintain, modify, or return to work. In addition, the occupational therapists are available to provide a work-site analysis, which is an ergonomic evaluation of the worker's environment. The occupational therapist provides additional work-site education on injury prevention and customized job programs for both the worker and departmental leadership.
  • Neuromuscular clinic: Occupational therapists work as members of a team that includes; a neurologist, pulmonologist, speech therapist, physical therapist, and social worker to enable the patient to maximize their functional performance through the use of compensation techniques and adaptive equipment.
  • Multidisciplinary hand clinic: Occupational therapists provide evaluation, splinting, education, and follow-up care to patients with nerve entrapment syndromes, osteoarthritis, tendonitis, and tenosynovitis.
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