Occupational therapy can help you adapt to physical or cognitive challenges with daily life such as bathing, dressing, work and chores, or sports and hobbies.
Occupational therapy helps you get back to the activities and tasks that mean the most to you. Our therapy team can help you with basic tasks such as:
- adapting simple household chores to make them easier
- finding ways to help you build strength and range of motion.
You may see an occupational therapist when you have problems with physical, mental or emotional functions. You can receive care if you are in the hospital or our clinic as an outpatient.
Outpatient occupational therapy
We provide outpatient services in Lebanon (at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Heater Road and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center) and Cheshire Medical Center in Keene. Your doctor or other care providers may refer you for occupational therapy.
What makes us different is that we partner with students from therapy teaching programs at Plymouth State University, Franklin Pierce College, and the University of New Hampshire. Because we help to train the next generation of therapists, we make sure that we are researching and using the latest techniques and treatments. We are home to the state’s largest team of practitioners under one roof.
We treat many different conditions. Some of the reasons you might see an occupational therapist include rehabilitation for:
- Adult neurological occupational therapy for brain trauma, Alzheimers and dementia, concussion, traumatic and acquired brain injuries (TBI), and difficulties with vision.
- Functional capacity evaluation (FCE)
- Hand therapy for hand, wrist or elbow trauma
- Wheelchair seating and positioning
- Work conditioning program to help you return to work after an illness or injury
We also offer some special clinics
- ALS Clinic: Occupational therapists work with a team of speech therapists, physical therapists, neurologists, pulmonologists, nutritionists, nurses, sleep medicine specialists, and social workers in this nationally recognized center of excellence to help treat you or your family member impacted by ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease.
- Hand/Wrist Team: Occupational therapists work together with the orthopaedic surgeons to provide evaluation, custom splint fabrication, and follow-up treatment for your hand, wrist and finger injuries.
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