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Adult Neurological Occupational Therapy

Our outpatient neurological therapy team works with individuals with a variety of conditions by identifying therapy goals based on an individual’s report of meaningful and important daily activities. Guided by the patient’s report of goals for therapy, occupational therapists implement a rehabilitative and adaptive approach to maximizing the individual’s ability to return to participation in daily activities.

Common adult conditions seen are:

  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Concussion
  • Dementia
  • Low vision
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Non-traumatic brain injury (brain tumor)
  • Parkinsonism
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Spinal cord injury (SCI)
  • Stroke
  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI)

If you have cognitive changes (memory, attention, problem solving, planning and organization), a neurological condition, chronic condition, or are experiencing physical decline, you may benefit from asking your doctor about participation in occupational therapy.

Common treatments include:

  • Custom orthosis fabrication (splinting)
  • Edema management
  • Guided participation in exercise and functional activities to facilitate return to daily activities
  • Kinesiotape application
  • Modalities including:
    • Functional electrical stimulation
    • Hot packs
  • Patient education on home program for symptom management (stretching, range of motion, strengthening, joint protection techniques)
  • Return to work planning
  • Specialized equipment to retrain arm and hand control after neurologic injury
  • Training in adaptive equipment (shower chair, reacher, button-hook)
  • Training in fatigue management
  • Training in the use of memory aids (lists, calendars, smartphone apps, etc.)
  • Vision training in daily activities
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