Occupational Therapy

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. Our team of dedicated providers can help treat a variety of conditions.

Conditions treated with occupational therapy

  • Post surgical limitations
  • Tendinitis of the elbow, wrist, and hand
  • Arthritis
  • Decreased fine motor skills
  • Neurological injuries
  • Weakness
  • 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
  • Splinting
  • 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.

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Food School

The Food School at Sturdy uses the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to eating. Our SOS trained occupational and speech therapists will work with you and your child to help identify what may be causing your child's challenges with food. The SOS approach aims to increase your child's comfort levels with food by allowing interaction, learning and exploration of foods in a playful and non-stressful way. Our therapists will work with you to provide you with education and engage you in your child's therapy.

If your child is struggling with any of the following, the Food School may be able to help:

  • Reflux
  • Crying or arching back during feeding
  • Unable to transition off of a bottle or baby food
  • Choking, coughing, or gagging while eating
  • Vomiting regularly
  • Food refusal
  • Picky eating
  • Difficulty gaining weight
  • Avoiding foods in specific food groups or texture

Contact Our Physical Therapy Department

If you have any questions about our physical therapy services, spine program, or aquatic physical therapy, call us at 508-236-7380.

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