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Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy is a type of skilled treatment to help individuals achieve independence in all facets of their lives. This type of rehab helps people who are limited by physical or emotional illness, impairment, or injury, regain and build skills necessary to lead independent, productive and satisfying lives. Occupational Therapy can help those with head injuries, arthritis, neurological impairments such as stroke or Alzheimers, cancer, burns, orthopedic conditions, cardiovascular disease and wounds. Early intervention leads to the most effective restoration of function.

The Occupational Therapist works closely with each patient, the physician and other members of the healthcare team and the patientís family to customize treatment programs that may include performance skills and assessments, modalities such as heat, ice, paraffin or whirlpool, manual therapies to improve motion, stretching and strengthening exercises, energy conservation and work simplification, activities of daily living, activities that simulate work tasks, home exercise programs, upper extremity coordination, cognitive and sensory re-education and guidance to family members.

Services are provided for both inpatients and outpatients to help individuals achieve a higher level of independence. When skill and strength cannot be regained, occupational therapy offers creative solutions and alternatives for carrying out daily activities. Occupational therapy can also be beneficial to the pediatric population who face challenges with sensory issues, fine motor skills, feeding and developmental delays. Occupational therapy requires referral by a physician. For more information, please call (618) 327-2317.

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