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Occupational therapy

The average day is filled with routine, everyday tasks that can be hard to complete when you're dealing with an injury or illness. An occupational therapy program can help you learn how to handle those tasks, despite your limitations.

At Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center, we offer a comprehensive occupational therapy program. We're here to help you understand your condition, and with our help, you'll be able to make the changes and adjustments you'll need in order to feel better.

Who can benefit from occupational therapy?

Occupational therapy is designed for people who have functional limitations, disabilities or a change in their ability to take care of themselves. Occupational therapists also treat general orthopedic and neurological impairments with specialized programs.

You might benefit from an occupational therapy if you are:

  • A person who had a hip replacement and needs help putting on shoes and socks.
  • A person who has a spinal cord injury from a car accident.
  • A person who had a stroke and must relearn how to eat or tie shoes with one hand using adaptive equipment.
  • A teenager who has a broken wrist who needs to improve strength in order to return to basketball.
  • An older person who had a heart attack and lives alone.

Some people come to our occupational therapy program with hand injuries. We provide hand therapy for treatment of:

  • Carpal tunnel surgery recovery.
  • Elbow, wrist or hand tendinitis.
  • Fractures and dislocations.
  • Hand or finger amputation.
  • Tendon repairs.

These are just a few examples of people who might benefit from visiting with an occupational therapist. There are many more.

Occupational therapy treatment program

During your first visit, the occupational therapist will perform an evaluation in which your joint motion, muscle strength and gross/fine motor coordination will be measured. Your therapist will assess how these factors have influenced your ability to perform daily living activities such as dressing, bathing, grooming and eating.

Then, you and your therapist will decide on your treatment plan, including the number of appointments you'll complete each week. Treatment frequency can vary according to the severity of your condition and your physician’s prescription.

Your treatment program might include:

  • Adaptive equipment recommendation and training.
  • Fine motor coordination and dexterity retraining.
  • Self-care (dressing, bathing, grooming, feeding, toileting) skill development.
  • Splinting.
  • Therapeutic exercise and activity.

Accessing our occupational therapy program

You'll need a referral from your doctor in order to receive occupational therapy. Treatments are covered by most insurance carriers, including Medicare and Medicaid.

Our experienced staff is ready to meet your occupational therapy needs.