Occupational therapists work with patients of all ages to treat orthopedic injuries, neurological illnesses, and general medical conditions that affect the functional use of the hands and arms. These conditions can interfere with your personal care and work proficiency as well as your recreational and social life.
Conditions treated with occupational therapy include:
- Post surgical limitations
- Tendonitis of the elbow, wrist and hand
- Decreased fine motor skills
- Neurological injuries
- Dependence during activities of daily living
Treatments used to improve comfort and function include:
- Pain management techniques
- Joint protection techniques
- Patient education
- Strengthening and range of motion
- Fine motor exercises
- Therapeutic modalities including heat, cold, ultrasound, e-stim, iontophoresis
- Adaptive equipment and devices
- Home exercise programs
Evaluation and treatment are provided upon referral by a physician.
Clinical Driving Evaluation for Seniors
Since 2007 Sturdy's occupational therapy department has offered a special clinic evaluation to seniors to test their cognitive, perceptual, memory and physical skills related to their driving abilities. This evaluation, which does not include driving or simulated driving, can help identify loss of key abilities that could interfere with safe driving.
This information can help families and doctors with difficult decisions involving driving.
Pediatric OT Program
This pediatric-centered program addresses developmental delays, sensory dysfunction, fine-motor and visual motor difficulties as well as the orthopedic needs of children from birth until early teen years.
Our occupational therapists will assess and treat the needs of your child as they relate to function and Independence in activities of daily living, play skills, home life, recreation, social awareness, and functional community involvement.