Occupational therapy is a healthcare service that provides assistance to individuals whose ability to function in daily life has been disrupted by physical illness or injury, development problems, or the aging process.
Occupational therapy offers specialized services for patients with problems affecting the hand, wrist, and elbow. Our specialty trained occupational therapists understand the complexities of the hand and the arm. They work with each patient to design a customized rehabilitation program that will suit individual needs and abilities. Our goal is to maximize the function of the hand and/or the arm, as soon as possible, following an injury, disease or surgery.
Through assessment, evaluations, and treatment, occupational therapy practitioners support individuals in:
- Learning personal care, such as bathing or dressing.
- Re-educating stroke patients to compensate for losses.
- Strengthening upper extremities (shoulders, elbows, wrists, and hands) to maintain independence.
- Measuring and fitting splinting and adaptive equipment.
- Evaluating and tailoring the patient's wheelchair to accommodate the patient's abilities, environment, comfort, and safety needs.
- Regaining the use of an injured hand.
- Improving function through cognitive/perceptual activity.
- Overcoming feeding/oral motor problems.
- Preventing deformities, reducing disability, and alleviating pain from illness or injury.
- Executing visual rehab techniques.
- Providing ergonomic assessments for patients and businesses, including evaluating patient and employee work stations for optimal posture and body position and evaluating related hobbies.
- Learning activities of living, including cooking, cleaning, laundry, etc.
- Maintaining a safe and healthy home environment.
Our Rehabilitation Services Department prides itself in providing the highest level of care and an expedient path to recovery for its patients.
Rehabilitation Services are available Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Saturdays for inpatients. To schedule an appointment, please call SLMC at (507) 283-2321, or the department directly at (507) 449-1229.