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Saint Joseph Hospital

Occupational Therapy (OT)

If performing daily activities is difficult for you, we’re here to provide relief. Our therapists will assess your condition and help develop an individualized care plan. Our goal is to help you get back to living a rewarding life.

What is occupational therapy?

Occupational therapy, or OT, teaches you to perform any activity that occupies your time in daily life. This can mean focusing on developing, recovering or maintaining specific life skills. Our therapists work with those who have mental, developmental, emotional or physical aliments.

OT treatments improve basic motor functions (physical). We can teach you how to compensate for the loss of a permanent body function, like losing an arm or hand. Our therapists can work with improving reasoning abilities (cognitive), like post-stroke patients need. Or OT treatments can address your sensory system needs. Your sensory system is the way your nervous system receives and interprets messages.

At the end of OT treatment, you should be able to perform your necessary life skills independently, productively and to your satisfaction.

Occupational therapy treatments

Our occupational therapists work with you and your family to set goals and create a plan specific to you. To help you regain independence, we provide a variety of services, including:

  • Assessments of workplace ergonomics
  • Driving evaluations
  • Education and training for caregivers
  • Hand rehabilitation
  • Helping children with disabilities thrive in school and social situations
  • Home evaluations with adaptation recommendations
  • Lymphedema evaluation and treatment
  • Providing support for aging adults experiencing mental and physical changes
  • Recovery from injuries through retraining or learning new techniques
  • Return-to-work evaluations

Conditions we treat

Occupational therapy helps you recover abilities and resume everyday activities. Depending on your needs, OT may be combined with physical therapy (PT) and/or speech therapy (SLP). Occupational therapy can help with:

Not sure what rehabilitation treatment is right for you? See all our rehabilitation services.

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